Just like in humans, animals with respiratory or cardiac issues should be closely watched during this time. High levels of smoke are dangerous for all pets and pet owners should reduce their exposure to it as much as possible. The EPA recommends the following tips to keep your pet safe.
- Keep indoor pets indoors with doors and windows closed.
- Bring outdoor pets into a room with good ventilation, such as a utility room or garage. Be sure to keep pesticides and other hazardous products often found in such rooms out of reach from the pets.
- If pets must go outside for bathroom breaks, keep it as brief as possible and wipe down your pet’s fur with a damp cloth when they return.
- Keep indoor air clean by using a portable air cleaner or filter. Refrain from burning candles that may add more particles to the air.