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Electrical safety for your furry friend

If a new puppy or kitten joined your household this holiday season, remember electrical safety when you pet-proof your home.

  • Keep electrical cords tucked away and out of sight of puppies and kittens. If you have difficulty getting your pet to stop chewing on a cord, you can paint it with a bitter tasting deterrent or enclose the cord in a PVC  tube or thick plastic sleeve.
  • Make sure nightlights and appliances are completely plugged into wall outlets. Partially exposed prongs are a hazard for curious children, puppies and kittens.
  • Check your cords for fraying and plugs for cracking. Replace them if necessary.
  • All outlets near sinks, showers, bathtubs and other potentially wet locations should be equipped with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Playful pets can knock radios, curling irons and other items into the  water, creating a dangerous situation. Most hardware stores now carry a GFCI that simply plugs into the existing outlet and does not require installation by an electrician.
  • Discourage cats and dogs from curling up for a nap behind warm computer equipment. Pets need to be kept away from all electrical connections.

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