fireplace safety for your pets

Fireplace Safety tips for your pets

Thank goodness for a fireplace

The temptation to pile some logs on the andirons or fire grate, add some kindling or a starter log, light a match, or switch on the gas is very strong right now, especially if you have a fireplace in your home.

On a chilly autumn or winter day, a roaring fire may be very comfortable since it offers heat and the dancing flames can be hypnotic. In addition, there is the slightly nostalgic fragrance of burning wood as well as a variety of crackling sounds made by the burning logs.

However, fire is also extremely dangerous, which any pet parent can relate to but which our furry children cannot.  We must therefore exercise greater caution if we wish to have pets around the house.

Supervise Pets

Always keep an eye on your pets whether you’re reading a book or watching television. Never leave them unattended when the fireplace is blazing. When you leave the room, teach them to follow you or make a call to them. Accidents like getting burned on the fireplace doors or catching fire from a hot ember that flies out of the fireplace can happen in the span of a single second.

Creating a “ danger zone”

Create an invisible barrier surrounding the fireplace for your pets before you even ignite it, and make it clear to them that they are not permitted to approach the hearth, the log stand, or the tools. Early obedience training can be quite beneficial in this area, but if that ship has sailed, you can still prohibit using the fireplace. Teach your pet the command “leave it,” and choose a location where they may be safe while still being able to watch the people around the fire, such as a bed, crate, or cosy blanket.

Glass Fireplace Doors

Pets could still get injured chasing a toy into the fireplace even after the fire has been put out. In addition to being an important safety feature, glass fireplace doors will increase the radiant heat in your living area. A wire mesh screen should be fitted to stop hot embers from jumping out and igniting nearby combustible objects while doors are open for ventilation during live fires. Close the doors after the fire has been put out to prevent heat loss. Additionally, if your pets become curious or pursue a toy that ends up in the fireplace, it will prevent them from getting burned on the hot grate and ashes. A pet safety fence will assist in keeping your animals away from the

Never let your pets unescorted near a fire

Bring the pets with you if you decide to leave the room where the fire is burning, and keep them out until someone returns. It’s not a bad idea to install baby gates at all of the room’s entrances.

While you’re not looking, something can happen in just a split second, but the harm could be permanent.

Remove Combustible Objects

Your dog or cat’s fur is easily ignited by a hot ember, which could unintentionally burn other adjacent combustibles. By keeping rugs, blankets, and other flammable items far from the fireplace, you can ensure the safety of your pets. From a safe distance, let your pets take in the warmth of a fire.

Avoid Playing Near the Fireplace

Even when it’s not lighted, keep pets away from the fireplace when playing. They won’t realise how dangerous the fireplace is to them until it’s too late.

Enjoy the warmth of the season

As we approach the conclusion of another year, it may be very chilly outside and it grows darker early, but being able to spend those long hours cuddled up at home with our furry friends more than makes up for it.

So prepare some hot chocolate or tea for yourself, some goodies with pumpkin spice for your dogs or cats, and light the fire. After that, assemble everyone around the sofa for a family snuggle.

The humans can then engage in pastimes like reading, crocheting, or binge-watching the newest show, or they can simply enjoy the warmth of the season and their furry children.

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