Skip to main content

Pet Safety: How to Handle Fourth of July Fireworks

Jul 03, 2014 02:13PM ● Published by DigMB Staff

Pets should not be taken to fireworks events nor should they be left outside since they could easily escape when fireworks trigger their "fight or flight" mechanism.

The loud booms and flashing fireworks that make humans "oooooo" and "awwww" on the Fourth of July can send pets scurrying and scrambling in a "fight or flight" reaction. 

In fact, more pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.  

Here are some tips, compliments of MBPD, to help you keep your pet(s) safe this Independence Day.

  • Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Pets often seek out a small den-like place, such as a crate, if they are fearful or stressed. It is recommended to create that safe place and familiarize your pet with it before needed, to reduce stress during the fireworks. Consider leaving a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep them company.
  • Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape, become lost, or become entangled.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. 

If you lose a pet, or if you find a lost pet, call Manhattan Beach Animal Control dispatch at (310) 802-5159.

The Manhattan Beach Police Department wishes you and yours a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration!

DigMB Email Signup * Don't Miss a Thing, Sign Up Today!

* indicates required
Email Format
MB Voices mbpd fourth of july fireworks pets pet safety manhattan beach police department

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Art as Experience: Winter Sugar Painting

    12/16/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    The Manhattan Beach Art Center offers FREE family art workshops on the first and third Saturday o...


  • Art As Experience

    12/16/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    The Manhattan Beach Art Center offers families FREE hands-on workshops on the first and third Sat...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.