5 Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe Around Your Fireplace

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home to help get you through the fall and winter, then you know just how special it is get cozy around the flickering flames with the whole family  — including your pets. Pets, however, obviously don’t have a clue about fireplace safety, and even if they generally tend to lack interest in going anywhere near the fire, it’s always best to take some extra precautions to minimize accidents as much as possible.

Whether you have a real wood burning fireplace or a gas fireplace, safety should always be a priority. Here are a few tips to keep all members of your family happy and safe all winter long.

1. Train your pet to associate getting too close to the fireplace with bad behavior.

Both dogs and cats are naturally curious, and even though dogs are much easier to train than cats, both types of pets can eventually learn to understand that going anywhere near the fireplace is bad. It’s important to train your pets to stay several feet away from the fireplace to avoid even minor accidents, like a slightly burned tail or paw just from accidentally getting a little too close.

Make sure you use your tone of voice or a loud noise that startles your pet enough to make them get away when they’re too close for comfort. If they don’t react to that, go over to them and lead them away from the area.

2. Discourage your pet from going near the fireplace by taking playtime elsewhere.

It may be fun to throw a ball or wiggle a toy around to play with your pet in the same room as your lit fireplace, but if you want to make safety number one, take playtime somewhere else. When pets get excited during playtime, you can’t always predict whether they’ll jump or scurry right across the room.

If your pet likes to have a favorite toy to chew on or sit with while you relax near the fireplace, make sure it’s kept far away from the fireplace itself when the toy isn’t in use. Keeping toys at the other end of the room is your safest bet.

3. Consider installing a proper fireplace barrier for extra safety.

You can get screens, gates and glass door replacements for your fireplace to provide an extra barrier of safety. If your pet is extra curious, extra playful or extra clumsy, you may seriously want to consider it.

Keep in mind that barriers don’t provide a complete solution and can still be a little dangerous. Screens, gates and glass doors can get very hot and burn your pet if they get too close, so make sure you’re aware of this if you decide to look into getting one.

4. Keep the surrounding fireplace area organized and free of clutter.

Keeping toys a very safe distance from the fireplace is important, but so is keeping a neat and clean fireplace space overall. As mentioned before, both dogs and cats and be extremely curious creatures, so anything dangling from the fireplace mantel or stacked up somewhere a little too close to the sides can be a potential hazard if it looks interesting enough for your pet to want to sniff or try to play with.

If it looks like it could be easily pulled down, knocked over or bumped into, it’s probably safest to put it somewhere else. And as a nice added bonus, the room will look neater and more spacious!

5. Don’t leave your pet unattended in the room when your fireplace is lit.

You can do everything you can to ensure that fireplace accidents are unlikely to happen, but when it comes straight down to it, the absolute best thing you can do to minimize the occurrence of accidents is keep an eye on your pet. Most pet owners know firsthand that it only takes a minute without human supervision for any pet to get into some serious mischief!

If you need to leave the room for more than a quick moment, call your pet to come into another room. And regardless of whether you’re a pet owner or not, it’s never a good idea to leave a lit fire unattended for long periods of time.

Keep these tips in mind and you should be able to enjoy some nice, cozy and super safe fireside cuddle time with your four-legged family member!

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56 comments

Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a year ago

thanks

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Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago

Thank you

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Mariana L
Mariana L1 years ago

Thank you for sharing

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Nena C.
Nena C1 years ago

wonderful and fire's are so cozy and warm

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iveta NoFwdsPls cer
Iveta c1 years ago

Thanks

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Ruth C.
Ruth C1 years ago

Good tips!

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natasha salgado
Past Member 1 years ago

thanks. Ours is currently closed/needs repairs.

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barry Werbowsky
barry Werbowsky1 years ago

I agree with Angela K. My DEAR BRANDY would not go near anything like that!!! Thx

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