Pet safety around the fireplace may not be your first thought, as most times we just assume that our cat or dog will know better. But most pets will let the curiosity get the best of them and check out the flickering flames of a fireplace. Now, if you plan to purchase or already own a Valor Fireplace, you may already know about the safety barrier that is included with every fireplace purchased after January 1st, 2015.
Valor barrier screens protect the whole family, all the way down to our furry friends from the glass and heat of the fireplace. However, it is important to know what else you can do to keep your pet safe around your home fireplace. Read below to learn 3 ways to keep your pet safe around the fireplace:
- Training: Pet training is very important when it comes to your fireplace and the surrounding area as it’s a natural instinct for them to be curious about new areas and items in the house. It’s important to set rules and boundaries for your pet to keep them safe around the fire whether it is on or off. Try to encourage your pet to stay a safe distance away by placing a bed or blanket at the appropriate distance and rewarding them for sitting or sleeping in the safe area.
- Playtime: Another great tip for fireplace safety with pets is to make sure that play time never takes place near the fireplace. Make sure to always play with your pet in a safe zone and avoid throwing toys towards the area of the fireplace. This will give them grounds to have fun, while staying safe and away from the heat and fire.
- Keep Watch: When you flip on your fireplace for warmth and comfort, make sure your pet is away from the area. It’s important to keep a close eye on all little and furry friends in the house as it can be easy for them to sneak over and check things out. It’s important to always have someone nearby when the fireplace is on and if it’s not possible take the pet with you when you leave the room to ensure safety.
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