The 4th of July is Monday and it is the only holiday where, in addition to wishing our family, friends and neighbors a good time, we also wish them to stay safe. For good reason.
People pay a price for the fun of fireworks
A new federal report shows that more Americans are injured or killed by fireworks, with more than 11,500 reported injuries in 2021 alone.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, describes a 25% growth in fireworks-related injuries over a 15-year period from 2006 to 2021. Deaths have leveled off, according to the report, about 10 people are killed each year in fireworks-related incidents.
They Are Called “FIRE” Works
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss from fires, and they believe
19,500 fireworks-ignited fires were reported to local fire departments in the United States in 2018. These fires caused five civilian deaths, 46 civilian injuries and $105 million in direct property damage .
If we manage to avoid the holiday carnage ourselves, will our pets be there when we get home? Or will they be driven away by the noise and chaos caused by roaming too close to a fireworks display?
Fleeing animals up to 30% on the 4th
For example, your pet may react by hiding, and many animals may become confused about the direction of sounds and react by looking for an escape route…their fight or flight response puts them at risk of getting lost .
Dogs, cats and birds were the three most common types of missing pets.
The dog breeds that leaked the most were Labradors, Chihuahuas and Pit Bulls. Fraidy cat breeds included Persians, Siamese, and domestic shorthairs. The birds most likely to fly in the coop were parrots, parakeets and cockatoos.
Keep your pets safe and happy on vacation
Pet insurance experts have these reminders for all pet owners on the 4th of July.
1. Invest and double down–check pet tags
2. Ask a vet for medication
3. Prepare distractions
4. Don’t take your pet to gatherings