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Don't Be In The Dark: Sparkling Safety Tips! 🎆

Independence Day is here, so celebrations and fireworks are in full swing! Here are some tips to keep in mind this 4th of July:

  1. Follow Local Laws & Purchase Legal Fireworks: Adhere to your local regulations regarding the use of fireworks to avoid legal issues and ensure safety. Only buy fireworks from licensed dealers and ensure they are legal in your area.

  2. Read Instructions & Maintain Distance: Carefully read and follow the instructions on each firework before use. After lighting the fireworks, keep a safe distance from them. Ensure spectators are also at a safe distance.

  3. Keep Fireworks Outdoors in a Clear Area: Never use fireworks indoors. Always set them off in a clear, open area away from buildings, trees, and flammable materials. Remove any potential hazards, such as dry leaves or grass, from the area where you will be setting off fireworks.

  4. Have Water Ready & Dispose of Fireworks Properly: Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby to douse any fires or malfunctioning fireworks. After fireworks have burned out, soak them in water before disposing them in a metal trash can.

  5. Keep First Aid Handy: Have a first aid kit on hand for minor injuries and know the location of the nearest hospital or emergency room. Remain vigilant throughout the fireworks display to ensure everyone’s safety and quickly address emergencies.

If you have dogs or other pets that might get anxious during fireworks, try these tricks:

  1. Create a Safe Space: Designate a quiet, comfortable room where your dog can retreat during fireworks. Include their bed, toys, and some of your worn clothes to provide comfort. Provide your dog with their favorite toys or a special treat to keep them occupied. 

  2. Close Windows & Doors: Keep all windows and doors closed to minimize noise and prevent your dog from escaping. Play white noise, a fan, or calming music to help drown out the sound of fireworks.

  3. Update ID Tags & Microchip Your Pet: Ensure your dog’s ID tags are up to date with your current contact information. If your dog isn’t microchipped, consider doing so. It greatly increases the chance of being reunited if they escape.

  4. Stay Home & Comfort Your Dog: Stay home with your dog during the fireworks to provide comfort and reassurance. If your dog seeks comfort, pet and soothe them. Your presence can be very calming. Make arrangements with a friend or family member who can care for your dog in a quieter area if you need to leave home.

  5. Consult Your Vet: If your dog has severe anxiety, talk to your vet about possible medications or treatments. After consulting with your vet, consider using calming products like anxiety wraps, pheromone diffusers, or CBD oil.

By following these tips, homeowners can enjoy a safer and more enjoyable 4th of July celebration while minimizing the risks associated with fireworks.

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