Like many people in the world, we have pets that we love and adore in our home. Often, pet owners need to take precautionary steps to make their home safe and enjoyable for their pets. A fireplace is no exception. It is important to practice fireplace and chimney safety with your pets to prevent dangerous situations like injuries or fires. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind about keeping your pets safe and sound near the fireplace.

Always supervise your pets when the fireplace is in use.

Do not ever leave a pet unattended in a room with a fire. Curious pets do not know the dangers of a fireplace, so make sure to keep an eye on your furry friend at all times.

Keep the fireplace area free of clutter.

Make sure furniture is at least 36” away from the fireplace at all times, and that the area surrounding the fireplace is tidy and free of any items that could fall near the fire or ignite. If you have fireplace tools nearby, keep them in a stable, secure container.

Do not play with pets near the fire.

We know pets can get rambunctious at playtime. While their running, jumping, and acrobatics are entertaining, it is best that it happens in an open area away from the fireplace. Roughhousing near the fireplace can lead to your pet getting hurt or knocking something too close to the flames.

Utilize Safety Equipment.

Proper fireplace safety equipment protects your home, family, and pets all at once. Invest in a fireplace screen that is the appropriate size for your fireplace. Make sure that other fire safety equipment is in working order, such as fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Keep your fireplace and chimney properly maintained.

Keeping up with your fireplace and chimney is the best way to prevent safety hazards. Your family, including your pets, will thank you.

We care for our pets like they are family, because they are. Keeping them safe is a priority, and with these tips, our furry friends will get just as much enjoyment of the fireplace as we do.