As a pet lover, you may allow your animals the run of the laundry room. With warmth producing machines and plenty of things to chew on, it may seem like a great big playland to pet. There are precautions that should be taken around the washer and dryer to keep animals safe.
Washer and Dryer Safety
To an animal, a washer or dryer may seem like a great place to take a nap - especially if they are nice and warm. Always keep the lids closed to prevent accidents. For maximum safety, unplug washers and dryers when not in use. Always take time to check that the machines are empty before you add clothes and turn them on.
Store Laundry Products Safely
All laundry products should be stored in a locked or petproof cabinet. Bleach, stain removers, even detergent can be toxic if consumed. Always sweep or wipe up any products that spill onto the machines or the floor.Liquid capsules or soft pacs of detergent are particularly dangerous. If they are punctured, the product often squirts into the eyes of pets and can cause corneal burns.
Some chemicals - like chlorine bleach and ammonia - when combined form toxic fumes even if the animal does not consume the products. Never leave anything within reach.
One of the most toxic laundry products is dryer sheets. While they seem like something fun to play with - especially for cats - dryer sheets contain chemicals that are quite toxic.
Ironing should not be done when a pet is close by. Just one bump to the ironing board can bring a heavy, hot appliance down on an animal. Never leave a hot iron sitting on an ironing board unattended or even one plugged in at all times. A cordless iron with automatic cut-off is an excellent choice. The safest ironing board is a built-in with a locking cabinet.
Unless you are able to supervise your pet in the laundry room at all times, the laundry door or access to the machines should be shut.
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