10 ways to keep your pets safe
For many, pets are like members of the family. Cats, dogs, parrots, and hamsters can provide an indescribable companionship for pet owners.
Regardless of how large or small a pet may be, there are always potential electrical hazards around the corner.
Vera Water and Power offers ten safety tips to help you protect your pets from electrical hazards around the house:
- Discourage pets from sleeping near or behind electronics. Many pets are attracted to the warmth, but this is a potential fire hazard.
- Make sure plugs are completely plugged into an outlet. If not plugged in correctly, curious pets can get zapped.
- Cover cords with cable jackets or PVC pipe to prevent pets from playing with or chewing on cords.
- Wind up excess cords and hide from view.
- Coat cords with a bitter substance to make them undesirable to pets. Appropriate and safe products can be purchased online or at pet stores.
- Unplug all appliances not in use to cut electric current.
- Continuously check cords for fraying or bite marks.
- Place cords out of pet’s reach, whether hanging off the floor or behind furniture.
- Provide your pet with new and different chew toys to keep them entertained so electrical cords do not become a dangerous replacement.
- Make sure cords attached to an aquarium have a drip loop—cords that slack below the outlet—to make sure water does not run into the outlet.
If a pet should receive a shock, never touch the animal until you know it is away from the power source or the electric current is shut off to prevent injury yourself. Once it is clear to approach the pet, give it medical treatment immediately.
Holiday safety: Cords are not a chew toy
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Did you know? The most common type of electrical injury for pets is electrocution from chewing on an electrical cord.
Pet-proof your home by covering or enclosing electrical cords and taking steps to prevent other electrical hazards.
Although any pet can chew on a cord, puppies are the most likely culprit. Pups are busy, and they may gnaw on an electrical cord without anyone realizing it. If you see burns in or around your pet’s mouth, singed hair or whiskers around the mouth, or notice shortness of breath or other respiratory issues, seek immediate medical attention for your pet.