Fourth of July – Tips to Help keep you, your family and your Pets Safe this Holiday.

Fourth of July can be ruff for pets. While fireworks, grilling, and outdoor gatherings add a certain spark to our July 4th celebrations, they’re known to pose potential hazards for not just our furry friends, but for everyone if not handled with caution.

Here’s how to keep everyone safe and ensure an accident-free holiday for family (fur included) and friends.

Pet Safety

Create a Safe Haven

  • Keep them indoors. Fireworks can cause anxiety in pets, so it’s best to keep them indoors in a secure and quiet area.
  • Create a comfortable environment. Provide your pets with their favorite toys, treats, and a cozy space where they can feel safe during the celebrations.
  • Play soft background music or turn on a television to help muffle the sound of fireworks.
  • Make sure all doors, windows, and pet gates are securely closed to prevent any escape attempts.

Identification is Key

  • Update their identification. In case your pet gets scared and runs away, make sure they have proper identification tags or microchips with updated contact information.
  • Always have up to date pictures of your pets in case of escape.

Calming Techniques

  • If your pet experiences anxiety during fireworks, consult your veterinarian about safe and effective calming techniques. They may recommend natural supplements, pheromone sprays, or anxiety-reducing wraps.
  • Create a peaceful atmosphere with low lighting and engaging activities that distract and divert their attention to help ease their anxiety.

Additional Safety Tips

Firework Safety

Fireworks are the quintessential July 4th spectacle but require careful handling to avoid mishaps. Instead of hosting a personal fireworks display, consider attending a public, licensed event handled by professionals. If you still choose to set off fireworks at home, follow these precautions:

  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and restrictions regarding fireworks.
  • Opt for legal and consumer-grade fireworks from reputable vendors.
  • Designate a clear, open outdoor area, away from buildings, trees, and dry vegetation.
  • Have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework, and make sure all fireworks are completely extinguished before disposal.


A July 4th celebration wouldn’t be complete without a mouthwatering barbecue. Ensure your grilling experience is both delicious and safe by keeping these tips in mind:

  • Set up your grill in an open area, away from flammable objects, such as buildings, overhanging branches, or wooden decks.
  • Clean your grill thoroughly before use to prevent grease buildup, which can lead to flare-ups.
  • Always supervise the grill while in use and keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand nearby to handle potential grease fires.
  • Never leave a hot grill unattended and remember to let it cool completely before moving or storing it.


Adding festive flair to your home is a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July. However, it’s important to exercise caution with decorations, especially those involving electricity:

  • Use LED or battery-operated lights instead of traditional incandescent ones to reduce the risk of overheating and fire hazards.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets by using power strips with surge protectors.
  • Check all extension cords for frayed wires or damage before plugging them in.
  • Keep decorations away from heat sources, such as grills, candles, or fireworks.
  • Take care when hanging decorations outdoors, ensuring they won’t interfere with power lines.

Pool Precautions

Own a pool or have access to one? Make safety a priority to prevent accidents and ensure everyone can cool off without worry:

  • Install a pool fence or barrier to prevent unauthorized access, especially for homes with young children.
  • Keep a watchful eye on children when they’re in or around the pool, assigning a designated adult to supervise at all times.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to swim or provide proper supervision and appropriate safety gear for non-swimmers.
  • Store pool chemicals safely and follow manufacturer instructions when handling or adding them to the water.
  • Have readily accessible safety equipment, such as life jackets, a reaching pole, and a first aid kit, near the pool area.

Home Security

While you’re enjoying the festivities, be sure to keep your home secure from potential burglaries. Here are a few tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows: Before leaving for any outdoor activities, ensure all entry points to your home are securely locked.
  • Outdoor lighting: Well-lit exteriors can deter potential intruders. Install motion sensor lights or keep your outdoor lights turned on during the evening.
  • Neighbors and alarms: If you plan to be away for the evening, let a trusted neighbor know and consider activating your home security alarm system for an added layer of protection.

By following these tips, you’re on your way to a memorable and accident-free July 4th filled with fun, safety, freedom, joy, and peace of mind – for everyone. Now all that’s left to say is, Happy Birthday, America!   While our office will be closed on July 4th, we will check our general mailboxes to address emergencies.    Don’t forget you can access you policy information by downloading the “Insurance Agent App” in the Apple App store and Android Marketplace for free.   You will have the ability to access policy information including insurance carrier information as well as request certificates, file claims and / or send our office a note.

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