Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe Around the Fireplace

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe Around the Fireplace

The chilly weather in the months ahead may mean that you find yourself lighting up the fireplace in an effort to cut back on the heating bill or to add ambiance to the season. If this is the case, you want to be sure you are taking the necessary precautions to keep your dog safe while doing so. Injury and out of control fire can happen in the blink of an eye, so take a look below at these tips for keeping your dog safe around the fireplace so everyone can enjoy the holidays and cold weather a little bit more.



Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe Around the Fireplace



Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe Around the Fireplace


1. Invest in a fireplace screen.
A fireplace screen is the easiest way to enjoy the view of the fireplace as well as the warmth in a safe way. Fireplace screens can be found at most home improvement stores and provide a barrier between your pet and the fire. Plus, they can be quite attractive as well offering safety and ambiance!

2. Supervise all fires.
This may seem obvious, but sadly it does not always happen. Do not think that just because you are somewhere in the house that the fire is safe. Only use your fireplace when you are going to be in the room enjoying it. This way, you can keep an eye out for dogs wandering too close or embers that may have jumped out. The warmth of the fire may seem very inviting to a cold dog.

3. Keep your dog’s belongings away from the fire.
Don’t keep your dog’s bed, favorite blanket, or toys near the fire. This will invite them to lay near it (where it will be nice and warm) and play or sleep. Embers can jump or anxious tails can wag wildly and easily cause burns. Instead, keep these items far away from any live fires. Whatever distance you feel is safe for you to be sitting is about the same place your pet should have a bed or blanket to enjoy the warmth too.

4. Remove all fireplace tools.
Fireplace tools can be sharp and heavy, and the quick wag of an excited tail or investigative nose can knock them over and cause damage and injury. Instead, keep these items in a closet and only get them out when they are needed.

5. Refrain from using inviting mantel decorations.
Swags and garlands look lovely on your mantel, but might invite your dog to come and play. Don’t use loose decorations that could easily be pulled and pawed down by your dog. These items can quickly ignite and cause harm.

You can enjoy plenty of nights by the fireplace this holiday season, just be sure to keep these tips in mind so that everyone can do so safely and securely.

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Comments

  1. Just thinking about this subject this year when I moved into a house with a fireplace for the first time. I have 3 little dogs too. Very timely information for me because it is cold up here in Northern California. The most important thing you mentioned is to never leave a fire unattended. Even if all other cautions are not heeded you can avoid a bunch of serious
    issues if you are there watching the fire or at least keeping a regular eye on things. Leaving it unattended is a disaster waiting to happen when you have pets or kids in the vicinity.

  2. Good ideas. I especially see what you mean by a wagging tail knocking over fireplace tools. My dog is very unaware of his tail.
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  3. Hello gorgeous! Great article. Pinned. We hope to see you at our party tonight at 7 pm. It is so fun to party with you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
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