Our pets are like members of our family — only cuter and furrier! Many people leave them in the garage while they are away. If you use your garage as a convenient doggie day care, wouldn’t you love to know if they are safe and comfortable at all times? Here are 4 ways you can design your garage so pets are safe and cozy all day long.
Make Sure Your Garage Door is Insulated
Considering how hot Sacramento can get during the summer months, you definitely want to make sure the insulation on your door is up to snuff. Insulated doors keep the hot air out just as well as the cold, so they are very important to have in California, especially if your pet is inside your garage during hot days. Make sure the R-Value of your door is high enough.
If you are considering installing a new garage door and plan to keep your pet inside your garage, definitely look into insulation options. Not only that, but an insulated door will help keep your home cool as well — and that will really save on your electric bill!
Inspect Springs & Replace if Necessary
Keeping up on garage door springs is important for your family’s safety, especially if your pet spends a lot of time in the garage. Visually inspect your garage door springs for signs of rust, slack, or brittleness. If you notice anything of concern, call a garage door professional to come out, repair and replace your springs. These springs are under an incredible amount of tension and can cause serious bodily injury if they should snap. That’s not safe for pets!
Install Smart Cameras
If your pet spends a lot of time in the garage when you are not home, consider installing smart cameras in your garage so you can keep an eye on them. This not only helps make sure they are safe, it provides a way for you to connect and bond with your pet while you are at work. Some cameras, like the Nest Security Cam, will even allow you to communicate with your smartphone, so your pet can hear your encouraging voice and not get lonely. These cameras allow you to switch viewing angles so you can keep up on their activities. You can view the camera remotely from your smartphone and keep up with your pet from anywhere, even riding the subway or during lunch at the sandwich shop.
Avoid Installing a Pet Door Near the Garage Door
Many pet owners make the mistake of installing a pet door near or in their garage door. This can be very dangerous. It makes your garage door too tempting — making it easier for your pet to get caught under the door as it is closing. Even with photo eyes for safety, these sometimes can malfunction. Some older doors might not even have them.
Avoid tragedy. If you must have a pet door, consider installing it away from your garage door — perhaps in a door not near the garage door or the door leading into the house. We love our pets. Let’s keep them safe.