Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4
CNN Fireworks explode like magnified gunfire in the exquisitely sensitive ears of many of our pets. Measuring between 150 and 175 decibels, fireworks are louder than gunfire (140 decibels) and even many planes at takeoff (120 decibels). Due to Covid-19, animal advocates say this year has been extremely bad for pets with noise phobias. But those noises are relatively constant, experts say, while fireworks are frighteningly sporadic and therefore unexpected. Cats and many other domestic (and wild) animals have sensitive hearing, provided by nature to find and hunt prey.
July 4th celebrations taking new shape this year across Southwest, Central Virginia
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, places across Southwest and Central Virginia are changing or canceling festivities and fireworks shows. Cosgrove is putting on fireworks shows across the region and he is making sure that his crews have face coverings and maintain social distancing. He said he’s worried other families might not do the same. “I’m actually more worried about the social distancing this year than I am the fireworks,” said Cosgrove. Renee Wood from TNT Fireworks in Roanoke said sales for at-home fireworks and sparklers have skyrocketed.
Keep the kids as far away as you can: Carilions tips for child safety around fireworks
ROANOKE, Va. Youve likely heard the booms of fireworks for days now, but if youre setting them off, keep your little ones far away. Thats the warning this holiday weekend from child health experts at Carilion Clinic. Carilion Kids Safety coordinator said about 9,000 people in the United States go to the hospital for firework-related accidents each year. With many professional firework shows canceled this year, youll need to keep an extra eye on your kids at any neighborhood shows. Another safety tip is to make sure there is a source of water or fire extinguisher nearby when using any fireworks at home.
Vinton cancels annual July 4 fireworks
VINTON, Va. – If you’re looking ahead to Independence Day celebrations, you won’t be catching fireworks in Vinton. Town officials announced Tuesday night they are canceling the annual July 4 fireworks display, as well as all other planned activities and entertainment for the town’s Independence Day Celebration. Officials said the move is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Vinton is also not granting any permits for street closures or stage rentals for events, concerts and festivals during June. Town officials said they look forward to hosting the July 4 fireworks again in 2021.