The 4th of July is a fun time, and it’s also a time to take a few simple precautions. Because there are usually fireworks going off, it’s best to have a few safety measures ready for both pets and children. Unfortunately the busiest day for animal shelters is the 5th of July, all due to loud fireworks scaring your pets the day before. So here are some 4th of July home safety tips.
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Basics for Pets
Despite the term “scaredy-cat,” it’s usually dogs that are more frightened by fireworks. Their ears are more sensitive to the loud noises going on outside, and it can sound worse to them than even a thunderstorm. But unfortunately, even cats aren’t immune to bright flashes and loud noises. So here are some 4th of July pet safety tips for your home. Be sure to check on the following.
- Make sure tags and collars have up-to-date information
- Take a photo of your pet (in case he/she does run away)
- Learn the tips on how to find a lost dog)
- Keep pets indoors
- Get them indoors before dark
- If you know your pets will be really scared, have someone stay home
- Close up the house tight
- Leave a TV or radio on
- Contact your vet if your pet needs to be tranquilized
- Don’t wait to start looking if you do lose your pet
Tip: Using a thunder shirt (learn how to make a DIY one here) or stocking up on all-natural calming pet treats can help your pets stay calm during the 4th of July.
Obviously it goes without saying: don’t let your kids or pets consume the open beer cans. It just won’t end well. Otherwise, be sure to have a designated driver for the group. And make sure that nobody handling fireworks is intoxicated. Follow this advice and be sure to have a safe 4th of July.
Basics for Kids
Can you believe that sparklers account for one quarter of all fireworks-related injuries in emergency rooms on the 4th of July? So it’s important to keep in mind that anything lit and burning can pose a potential danger to young children.
It’s critical to keep your little ones safe from threats that they don’t understand. That’s why many 4th of July safety articles recommend the following for little kids:
- Make sure the fireworks are legal in your state
- Make sure there’s an adult at all time accompanying the children
- Keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water handy
- Make sure kids don’t have loose clothing
- Never re-light fireworks that don’t go off. Douse them in water
- Don’t ignite fireworks in a container
- Keep kids away from the grill
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