09 Sep Do you have an emergency plan for evacuating your parrots or dogs in times of danger?
Do you have an emergency plan for evacuating your parrots or dogs in times of danger?
It is almost a year since I received a phone call from a neighbour. It was that awkward sort of call where I could tell she didn’t wish to break bad news to me. It started off with, “Where are you? Are you close to home?” and ended with “There are two fire engines outside your front door.” My first thought was for my children, then my parrots and dogs – Were they safe? Had someone gotten them out? As soon as we arrived home, my son was there to meet me. As I saw dense black smoke coming from the upstairs window, my heart sank. There was no possible way the parrots could be alive as smoke can kill them in minutes. Perhaps the dogs had made it….
Shaking, I asked my son where the parrots were. He replied (with a choked voice holding back his tears), “They are safe mum. I got them out.” Indeed, they were safe and have suffered no long-term damage. Someone above was watching out for us that day! The dogs were in the bottom garden, all safe and sound.
So how did he get them out safely? We had a plan that we had discussed many times – our evacuation plan for times of emergency.
The parrots’ travel cages are located behind the couch in the sitting room and in the downstairs hall. There are large towels, gloves and a nebuliser. In one of the travel cages I keep my avian first aid kit that includes a small container of oxygen, F10, and a fire proof blanket. Spare dog leads and collars are here as well.
The quick actions of my son saved the parrots and dogs… He knew where to find what he needed and what to do; quite impressive for a child not yet a man.
What is your action plan for emergencies? Do you have one? If you don’t have one, why not? Make sure that everyone in the household knows this plan and can quickly and safely locate what is necessary.