Pet-Safety Tips For Your Home

Pet-Safety Tips For Your HomeYou consider your pets part of your family and you want to make sure they are safe in your home.

At Weller Home Inspections, located in the greater Houston area, we love our fur babies, too, and we want to help you provide the safest home possible for your beloved cat or dog.

The American Humane Association offers the following pet-proofing tips for your home:

Kitchens/bathrooms

  • Use childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets
  • Place medications, cleaners, chemicals, and laundry supplies on high shelves
  • Keep trash cans covered or inside a latched cabinet
  • Check for and block any small spaces, nooks, or holes inside cabinets or behind washer/dryer units
  • Make sure your kitten hasn’t jumped into the dryer before you turn it on
  • Keep foods out of reach (even if the food isn’t harmful, the wrapper could be)
  • Keep the toilet lid closed to prevent drowning or drinking of harmful cleaning chemicals

Living/family room

  • Place dangling wires from lamps, computers, televisions, stereos, and telephones out of reach
  • Put away children’s toys and games
  • Put away knick-knacks until your kitten has the coordination not to knock them over
  • Check all those places where your vacuum cleaner doesn’t fit, but your puppy or kitten does, for dangerous items, like string
  • Move common house plants that may be poisonous out of reach. Don’t forget hanging plants that can be jumped onto from nearby surfaces
  • Make sure all heating/air vents have covers
  • Put away all sewing and craft notions, especially thread

Garage

  • Move all chemicals to high shelves or behind secure doors
  • Clean all antifreeze from the floor and driveway, as one taste can be lethal to animals
  • Bang on your car hood to ensure that your kitten (or any neighborhood cat) has not hidden in the engine for warmth
  • Keep all sharp objects and tools out of reach

Bedrooms

  • Keep laundry and shoes behind closed doors (drawstrings and buttons can cause major problems if swallowed)
  • Keep any medications, lotions, or cosmetics off accessible surfaces (like the bedside table)
  • Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing
  • Be careful that you don’t close your kitten in closets or dresser drawers

They also suggest for you to look out for paws, noses, and tails when you shut doors behind you or scoot chairs.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) provides a free Pet Safety Pack for emergencies.

According to the ASPCA, “In the event of an emergency, our pet rescue window decal alerts rescue personnel that pets are inside your home. The safety pack also includes an ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center magnet—a great way to keep the APCC’s toll-free emergency number and website address handy in case your pets get into something they shouldn’t!”

For further information or if you want to schedule a home inspection, please contact Weller Home Inspections today.

 

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