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Keep your Pets Safe this Holiday Season with These Tips from A Red Deer Electrician

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It's that time of the year again when the holiday spirit fills the air, and the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree add to the festive mood. However, as much as your furry friends enjoy the holidays with you, they also bring some added headaches. Curious pets can get too close to your tree and its twinkling lights, which can be dangerous. Additionally, the cords and strands can also be hazardous to your pets. If you're a pet owner, here are some safety tips that you should consider to keep your four-legged friends safe during the holiday season. 
Unplug and Use Timers: First, ensure all your strands of lights are unplugged before leaving the house or going to bed at night. This will prevent your pets from getting tangled or chewing on them. You can also set up a reliable timer to automatically shut off the lights when you're not there. 
Cover the Cords: Consider using a protective covering to prevent your pets' teeth from sinking into the cords. These covers can be made from PVC tubing or pool noodles and protect your pets and the lines. 
Check for Chew Evidence: Before you plug in your strands of lights, you must check them for evidence of chew damage. Pets can easily chew through cords and expose themselves to electric shocks or start fires. Inspect the lines for wear and tear, cracks, or exposed wires. 
Limit Access: If you have a pet that will attack the light strands, consider wrapping only the top portion of your tree or using rope-type lighting instead. Another option is to avoid using such lights in your home. Remember that pets are naturally curious and will explore everything around them, so limit their access to the tree. 
Opt for LED lights: Consider using low-voltage LED lights instead of the traditional higher-voltage incandescent type. These bulbs are not only energy-efficient but are also less likely to break and cause lacerations or injuries. They are often made of plastic rather than glass, making them a safer option if your pets decide to nibble on them. Your Red Deer Electrician will know where to install LED lights and other lightbulb alternatives.
The holiday season is meant to be a joyous celebration with your loved ones, including your furry friends. However, it has some added safety hazards, especially with Christmas trees and twinkling lights. As a pet owner, it's essential to be aware of pets' potential dangers during this time of year and take necessary precautions to keep them safe. By following these tips, you can ensure your pets can enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season with you. If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to call a Red Deer Electrician, Townsend Electrical. 

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