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26 Apr, 2022
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5 Tips to Protect Your Pets from Electrical Hazards

5 Tips to Protect Your Pets from Electrical Hazards

All pet owners want to keep their furry family members safe and healthy, whether at home or on the go. Unfortunately, electrical hazards can pose serious risks to your pet. Keep your pet safe from electric dangers with these five tips on protecting your pets from electrical hazards.

 

1) Use Reliable Equipment 

Ensure that you’re buying good quality power and extension cords and powerboards. Of course, you’ll have to spend more money to ensure that you’re purchasing a premium product. Still, cheaper electrical products are more likely to overheat and create sparks. Some cords even contain a bitter-tasting material that will deter pets from biting them. If you’re unsure what products are best, you can ask your electrician for advice. 

 

2) Keep Extension and Power Cords Out of the Way 

If you live in a home with lots of electronics, you may have lots of power cords and extension cords all over the house. Animals, especially puppies and kittens, are playful and full of energy and frequently get into things that aren’t good for them, including electrical cords. If you can, hide cords behind furniture or tie them together. You can also buy tubing to put over the cables, stopping curious animals from getting into them. 

 

3) Test Outlets with a Voltage Detector

A voltage detector can give you peace of mind by testing the voltage in power cords and electronic outlets. Just plug it into an outlet, and if there’s a problem, it will make a buzzing sound. If you hear that noise, unplug whatever you’re using right away and don’t use that outlet again until you have called in a professional electrician. If you can test all of your outlets with a voltage detector before plugging anything in, or if you get a new pet. You can purchase a voltage detector at most hardware stores, including Bunnings. 

 

4) Set Up An Electricity Free Pet Area 

Your pets will be left at home alone from time to time. During these times, it’s best to have a designated ‘safe area’ for your pet to stay in while they are alone safely. Ensure this area is away from any electricity or other dangerous items, and provide them with plenty of toys, food and fresh water. 

 

5) Provide Your Pet with Lots of Toys 

If your pet has a lot of toys to keep them stimulated, it is much less likely that they will be tempted to play with the electrical cords in the house. Ensure that you spend at least an hour a day playing with them and giving them lots of attention. 

If your pet does get electrocuted, you must take immediate action. First, turn off the power at the main power breaker and push your pet away from the electrical source with a non-conductive broom. Then, wrap them in a blanket and immediately rush them to a vet. 

Before getting a pet, it’s a good idea to consult your electrician to make sure your house is considered pet friendly. At Russo Electrical, we have over 25 years of electrician work experience in Sydney. We pride ourselves on consistently delivering honest and trustworthy advice. If you have an electrical problem, please contact us on 0478 740 546 to find out more.