Electricians Tips – Pet Safety Around Electrics

What can you do to make sure your pets are safe around electricity? In this week’s post, we’ve come up with some tips and tricks to keep your pets safe at all times when you’re using electrical appliances around the home.

Keep Your Home Safe So Your Pets are Safe Too

Pets are part and parcel of family life and naturally, you want to keep them safe. There are all sorts of electrical hazards which could harm your pet, so it’s important, and especially around young animals, to keep your home an accident free zone. Kittens and puppies especially are curious and always enjoy investigating, so anything that looks like it has the potential to fascinate will be a danger zone.

What do you do if your pets suffer a shock?

If your pets should suffer a shock, then they must be taken to a vet as soon as possible. You need to keep an eye out for abnormal heart sounds, difficulty breathing and naturally, loss of consciousness. If left unattended, it can result in death. If you think you may be in danger from shock, and you’re about to approach your pet, then make sure there are no lives wires or electric fires.

There are some things you can do to be extra vigilant and save your pets from accidents:

  • Never plug too many sockets in, they can overheat and cause a fire

  • Never leave appliances plugged in and switched on, or running by themselves while you are out

  • Don’t charge up mobile phones or tablets and then leave them unattended

  • Check all plugs, lights, cables and sockets for burns

  • Any unattended fans or heaters left on while you go out with pets around is a big no-no

  • There should be no cables trailing the floor, too tempting for dogs to chew on

  • Keep your fusebox and electricity meter away from anything that could potentially cause a fire.

Don’t leave your pets alone for long periods of time

Ideally, you should never leave your pets unattended for long periods, but if your pets are going to be left alone for a while, always make sure all cables, metres and appliances are switched off and put some place where they’re not a temptation for curious pets. That way you’ll have peace of mind while you’re away from home. Dogs and cats get bored if they’re shut away all day, especially dogs, they need stimulation and attention, so don’t leave them alone in a house with so much to tempt them, that way you’ll have a happier pet and a safer one.

As well qualified and trained electrician, here at GW Electricians we pride ourselves on good work done to time and carried out safely. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today, get in touch, we’ll be more than happy to help.