If you are replacing windows in your home, this can be a major overhaul that involves access to the inside and outside of your home. If you have pets, they need to be considered during a larger window replacement project. Here are five things that you should be aware of when it comes to protecting your pets during window replacement.
1. Access to Broken Glass
If you are replacing a broken window or if glass breaks while replacement is occurring, make sure that your pets aren't going to walk through a hazard. Lock them in another area of the house until glass is cleaned up to keep them out of harm's way.
2. Putting Workers at Risk
You never really know how your pet might react to workers. Window replacement is unique because installers might need to work inside and outside of your home. A pet that usually is fine around guests might become aggressive because workers are in and out of the house and are strangers. Keeping pets, and especially dogs, away from workers will avoid any aggressive behavior.
3. Open Escape Routes
If you are replacing windows, this can spark the curiosity of indoor pets. Pets who escape can get lost or hurt themselves if they get out through windows not on the ground floor. Make sure that pets that aren't used to being outside are locked in a bathroom or crated while work is being completed. For a larger project, it might be a good idea to board your pets to resist temptation.
4. Pets Getting in the Way
Even if you have really mellow pets that wouldn't hurt a fly, don't let them have the run of the house when window replacement is taking place. Dogs and cats can get underfoot, which can be especially dangerous around glass installation.
5. Worksite Curiosity
You might think that letting pets outside during window replacement is a good solution if you have indoor/outdoor pets, but they might end up getting into trouble where workers are setting up. Toxic materials for installation and sheets of glass need to be kept away from your pets.
Don't put pets or workers in danger while work is being done. Do your window replacement professionals a favor and make sure that your pets are locked in another area of the home, crated, or safe at a boarding facility during window installation. The process has too many risk factors for pets, so make sure that they are safe and that window installers can do their job without distraction.