The Low Down on Fireworks
Firework stands have popped up and so have the complaints on a lot of Facebook Community Pages. So we decided to give a rundown of when you can light them off, ways to protect yourself, and ways to help your pets deal with them..
According to the Dillon Police Department the legal times you can use fireworks would be from 12:01 AM July 3rd to 11:59 PM July 4th, note county laws may differ from city laws.
When using fireworks be a good neighbor, be courteous of those around you and keep in mind these safety tips.
Never allow young children to handle fireworks
Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
Never light them indoors
Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
Never point or throw fireworks at another person
Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
Never ignite devices in a container
Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
Never use illegal fireworks
Fireworks can also be stressful for pets. Here are some tips from humanesociety.org on helping them stay safe during this time of the year.
1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks
Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it's best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside.
If you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.
2. If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask a veterinarian for help
There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet's fear and anxiety. You can also try our suggestions for helping your dog cope with loud noises.
Keep your pets comfortable during all holidays. Read our Halloween safety tips for pets.
3. Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer festivities
Another reason to keep your pets away from the often noisy celebrations of summer is heat. High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke.
NEVER leave your pet in a parked car, even if the day doesn’t seem that warm. The temperature outside may be a balmy 72 degrees, but the temperature inside a closed vehicle can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour.
Also remember that hot pavement can be dangerous to unprotected paws; if it’s too hot for you to hold your hand to the ground for five seconds, it's not safe for your dog to walk on.
4. Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag
All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through windows or door screens. You should also ensure that your pet is microchipped and that the chip is properly registered with your current contact information.
If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately and follow the rest of our advice for finding your pet.
If you find a lost pet, either take them to the address on their tag or bring them to a local animal shelter so they can be reunited with their family.
If you want to leave it up to the professionals the Jaycees will be having their annual 4th of July Fireworks show out behind the Armory and American Legion Field at sundown on the 4th of July.