July 4, 2020—It's the Fourth of July, and the traditional way to celebrate is with fireworks. But it's best to leave this part of the party to the professionals.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 10,000 people went to the emergency room with injuries from fireworks in 2019. Children younger than 15 accounted for 36% of the injuries. And sparklers—often considered the least dangerous of fireworks—caused an estimated 900 injuries.
It's also worth noting: Fireworks aren't legal in some communities. But if your area allows them to be sold, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) advises you to resist the urge to buy.
If you decide to purchase your own fireworks anyway, here are some important do's and don'ts from ACEP:
Remember that while you may enjoy the booming sound of fireworks going off, pets may likely fear it. So keep them safely inside the house, perhaps with some music playing to drown out the kabooms. Be sure your pets' ID tags are updated just in case they somehow manage to escape out the door.
And tomorrow, check your yard for remnants of fireworks before letting your pets outside. Fireworks contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals that could make pets sick.