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City of Napa Fire Department
Friday July 2nd, 2010 :: 10:31 a.m. PDT
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Fireworks can cause injuries to pets! Keep your pets safe this Fourth of July! More>

Fire departments traditionally warn people about the dangers of fireworks. They can cause destructive fires, devastating injuries and life changing burns; however, many fire departments overlook warnings for the family pet. Many pets have noise phobias. Dogs, in particular, are very sensitive to the loud explosions that fireworks make. The Fourth of July holiday can cause major stress in your pet’s life. Pets can run away or injure themselves trying to “get away” from the sound of fireworks.
Here are a couple of tips to keep your pet safe and sound this holiday weekend.

Keep pets indoors if possible: It is advisable to close the curtains and turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction. Calming or classical music are better than some TV or radio noise choices.

Use a leash or carrier: If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

Provide a safe "escape" place: Many times pets will seek out a small den-like place (such as a crate), if they are fearful or stressed. If you do not already have a crate, bed or similar place that you’re pet can call his "own," it is recommended to create that safe place and familiarize your pet with it before needed, as a means of reducing stress during fireworks.

Take your pet for a walk first: If possible, make sure that you pet has time to "use the restroom" before the fireworks start. Some pets are too frightened to void once the fireworks begin, and this may lead to an "accident" later on.

Make sure pet ID is current: Make sure that your pet has proper identification tags, with current information, in case s/he gets away. This will help the local authorities (who are quite busy this time of year handling frightened runaways).

All Fireworks are illegal in Napa City and County. Confiscation and fines may be issued if you are found in possession of fireworks.
Consider attending a professional show; but remember to leave your pet safe and sound at home!

Address/Location
City of Napa Fire Department
1600 1st St
Napa, CA 94559

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-257-9590

Patrick Young
Fire Prevention Division
pyoung@cityofnapa.org
707-257-9590

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