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How to Keep Humans and Pets Safe This Fourth of July

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The 4th of July is right around the corner and it is important that we all have a fun and safe holiday to celebrate our nation's independence. Of course, part of the celebration typically involves fireworks, which when used safely, can be lots of fun. The Consumer Product Safety Commission released a study recently that showed that 60% of fireworks-related injuries occur during the 30 days surrounding the 4th of July and that 200 people per day go to the emergency room during this same time period. But you don't have to be part of that statistic this year and can still enjoy fireworks.

One of the top reasons why fireworks cause injuries is because users try to make their own or they use purchased ones improperly. The CPSC recommends that you do the following to avoid injuries:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not been fully ignited.
  • Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy in case of a fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Light fireworks one at a time and move back quickly.
  • After fireworks have completed their burning, dose them with water before throwing them in the trash to prevent a fire.

It's also important to remember that not only can humans get injured by fireworks, but pets can too. To help your pets avoid injury, keep them inside during the holiday. Not only can they become frightened by loud sounds of fireworks, they could also get hurt. Try keeping your pet inside with the blinds down and turning on the TV. Try to speak soothingly to help them relax. Overall, it isn't hard to keep both humans and pets safe and ensure a happy holiday for all if you follow these simple tips.