Whether you are a new pet owner or have owned pets for years, familiarizing yourself with these valuable safety tips will help keep your pets safe at home.
- Be sure your pets wear an ID tag or are injected with a micro-chip so that you can be easily reunited if separated during an emergency.
- Secure loose electrical wires to baseboards to deter your pet from dangerous chewing.
- Place household chemicals, plants and breakable items out of reach on high shelves.
- Keep pets out of the kitchen while cooking. Temptation to jump up in search of good smells is a fire and safety hazard.
- Roaring fires or even a flickering candle are a curiosity to pets, so be sure to not leave them unattended.
- If you live in a split-level home, confine your pets on the first floor to make rescues quicker and easier.
- Installing pet doors in your home provides a quick escape route for unconfined pets.
- Arrange a safe haven for your pets like a neighbor, relative or local vet in case you are out of town or unavailable during an emergency.
- Keep collars and leashes near the main exits of your home for easy accessibility.
- Store a pet first aid kit at home in case of a medical emergency. Ask your vet what items should be included, or buy a kit from the ASPCA.
For more pet safety tips, please visit the ASPCA website.