Ways To Promote Electrical Safety For Pets

7 February 2017
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Your pet is a valued member of the family, so you naturally want to make sure that he or she is safe within your home. Electric wiring can present a challenge for pet owners when it comes to keeping their furry friends safe. Here are some interventions that you can use within your home to make the space safer for pets.

Tie Up Electrical Cords

Electric cords are one of the biggest things to think about when you have a pet running around your house. Your pets might get curious and bat at the cords or even nibble on them. There are a few things that you can do to prevent this from happening.

The first is to secure your cords to a wall. Using electrical tape, you can tape the length of the cord to a baseboard or wall.

Another thing you can do to prevent pets from chewing on cords is to hide them behind PVC piping. PVC isn't as malleable as cords, so it's not as fun for animals to play with. And you'd rather have your pet biting PVC rather than an electrical wire. 

Another thing that you can do is coat the electric wires with something that doesn't taste good to pets; check with your vet about what you can do.

Be Careful with Portable Heaters

One concern to be aware of is the dangers of portable heaters with your pets. If you have an excited pet that is running around your house, they might accidentally run into the heater and knock it over, causing a fire. Or, your pet might get burned if the heater falls on them. So, try to put the heater out of reach or turn it off when your pet is wandering around the house.

Unplug While You're Away

If you do have to leave the house and your pet is going to be unsupervised, it's often a good idea to unplug any cords that could be accessible. So, even if they do get curious about appliances, nothing is plugged into a power source where it could cause some serious damage for your pet.

Use RCD Wiring

Residual Current Devices, or RCDs, are another thing to consider if you are worried about pets getting into electrical components that they shouldn't. An RCD will prevent a pet from getting a deadly voltage shock. The RCD constantly monitors the amount of current flowing through an electrical circuit. If it goes past a certain threshold, the circuit will automatically shut off.

For more information, contact local professionals like Etheridge Electric Company Inc.