Safety tips to consider for Fourth of July celebrations

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Fireworks can be a blast. They can also be dangerous. Phantom Fireworks in Fort Wayne is making sure everyone knows the best ways to have fun and stay safe.

“Accidents do happen,” said Laurie Beaverson, manager at Phantom Fireworks. “It is going to happen, and so this is why we have a fire extinguisher or a bucket for water or a hose. You can wear your goggles.”

Phantom Fireworks has cards that come with each type of firework they sell. They also have a list of 20 safety tips on bags they hand to customers at checkout.

The tips include spreading fireworks out so that burning fuses or embers don’t ignite the other fireworks. Assign one person to light the fuses so that it stays organized. Keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby. Instead of using a lighter, use a punk or a pyrostick to light the fuses. These are longer so they will keep your hands at a safe distance.

Local animal care organizations are also looking to help keep fireworks displays safe. Pets are generally overwhelmed by loud fireworks and often run away this time of year.

Friday, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, HOPE for Animals and the Allen County SPCA all gave out microchip permanent identification for pets. They are about the size of a grain of rice and are injected into dogs, cats and other small pets. They each have their own unique number so if a pet runs away and are later found, they can be identified and returned home.

“So even though pets love to be around people, during this time with the fireworks and all the loud noises, it really is best to keep them inside in a quiet room or at least distracted by a TV,” said Amy-Jo Sites, director of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control. “If you have outside dogs, go ahead and bring them inside during this period.”

If you have a microchip in your pet already, but are unsure if it is in the system, you are encouraged to contact one of those four organizations.

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