With a recent surge of pet adoptions, it only makes sense to be aware of electrical safety around your home and to protect your fur babies. Ensuring your home is safe for your pet isn't too unlike baby-proofing your home. Here are the top 5 tips to avoid electrical hazards around your pet:
1) Utilize the same safety measures you would use for a human child
We put a lot of care in protecting our children from electrical hazards, so it would make sense to be mindful of your pet's safety too - they're just as curious and active, possibly even more so, plus they have the complication of chewing into things, and if one of those things is an electrical cord, they're in big trouble. Some deterrent methods include: using a twist tie to wrap your cords, adding a citrus or unpleasant scent to the wires, or blocking off the area altogether.
2) Unplug your Christmas tree
When you leave your home, remember to unplug your tree. If you use non-LED lights on your tree, any pet pouncing on tree can get the tree to fall, and broken bulbs can be a major fire hazard.
3) Be mindful of where you place your small appliances
Small appliances such as small space heaters should be placed in an area out of reach of your pets, especially if your fur baby is curious and is likely to treat the appliance as a toy, leading to potential trips and burns.
Take the extra thought and time to electrically safe proof your home and you can have peace of mind about your pet's health and safety in your home.