How To Keep Animals Safe During July 4th Fireworks

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OCEAN COUNTY – Independence Day is upon us once again, and many local celebrations will be accompanied by fireworks. For humans, fireworks are fun and pretty. For animals, they can be loud and terrifying.

“Many dogs and other animals are terrified of the loud noises made by fireworks,” said Freeholder Joseph Vicari.

Officials from Ocean County and the Humane Society have come together to provide some tips on how we can keep our animals protected from the thunderous noise of fireworks and the heat of the summer holiday:

  • Keep your pets home from fireworks displays.
  • When out and about, do not leave your pet in the car. The hot air can pose serious risks, even death, to an animal in just a few minutes.
  • Cracking the window for your pet isn’t any better. It provides insufficient air and allows an opportunity for your pets to be stolen.
  • Keep your pets at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you have removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leave a television or radio playing at a normal volume to keep them company while you are attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.
  • If your pet is very afraid of loud noises, such as thunder, it might be a good idea to consult with a vet before July 4 celebrations to ensure ways to keep them calm.
  • Do not leave your pets outside unattended. In their fear, pets who normally would not leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain risking injury or death.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. If you come across an animal running at-large, take them to the local animal shelter where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

“By following these simple rules, we make sure the holiday is enjoyable for both our family and our pets,” Vicari said.

If you’re wondering how close a fireworks display will be to your home this holiday, check out the county’s tourism website at for a list of fireworks displays.