Fireworks Safety For You and Your Pets

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Yes everybody loves the big fireworks, but many families favorite part of 4th of July is setting off their own firecrackers, sparklers and other fireworks in their backyards.

Just remember, here in Florida, if it goes up in the air it is illegal. This includes firecrackers, roman candles, and mortars.

Make sure adult supervision is always around as well as a bucket of water just in case something goes wrong.

It is also important to keep in mind your furry friends this Thursday when you are trying to decide whether or not to set off fireworks.

If your pet has shown fear of thunderstorms or fireworks in the past, there are a couple of different options to help calm their anxiety. Veterinarians can provide you with anxiety medicine for your pet, which can help to calm their nerves during the fireworks.

If you are planning on going out Wednesday or Thursday, it's also smart to leave some music or the television on for your pet to help drown out the sound.

Fireworks can also be a source of stress for military veterans, especially those who suffer from PTSD. Some veterans have even put signs in their front yard reminding neighbors to be courteous.

Just make sure this year you are familiar with all the laws regarding fireworks in Florida and are courteous to your pets and local veterans.

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