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Protecting Pets: Electrical Safety for Furry Friends

Did you know that when it comes to electrical safety, even our pets need to be protected? Electricity is not something to play around with. It’s worth taking every precaution to avoid potentially dangerous situations for the whole family – even for your furry friends. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your pets safe from electrical hazards at home:

  • Hide Those Wires: Pets love to chew on things, and electrical cords can look like tempting toys to them. Make sure to keep cords tucked away and out of reach – or use cord protectors to cover them up.
  • Secure Outlets: Curious pets might try to poke their noses or paws into electrical outlets, which can be dangerous. Use outlet covers or caps to keep your pets from getting too curious.
  • Watch Out for Water: Water and electricity don't mix, so be careful to keep your pet's water bowls away from electrical appliances and cords. Spills happen, and it's better to be safe than sorry!
  • Check Those Cords: Regularly inspect electrical cords for signs of wear and tear. If you notice any frayed wires or damage, it's time to replace them. Pets don’t understand the dangers of damaged cords, so it's up to us to keep them safe.
  • Prioritize Proactive Maintenance: If you have a reptile or aquatic friend, be sure to regularly inspect their aquarium or terrarium, ensuring heat lamps or pumps are working properly and not overheating. We also recommend setting up your habitat where it can be plugged into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet to prevent any accidents involving water exposure.

By following these simple tips, you can help keep your furry (or scaly!) friends safe from electrical hazards. After all, our pets are part of our families, and keeping them safe is just as important as keeping ourselves safe.


Find more electrical safety tips for around the home here, and if you’re headed out on the water in this warmer weather, check out our boating electrical safety tips.