The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office will present an Independence Day fireworks show at 9 p.m. on July 4, soundside at Navarre Beach Marine Park's east end. The pyrotechnic demonstration will be held rain or shine. Residents are reminded to allow plenty of time to find parking and remember to leave pets at home. For more information, call 850-981-8900.
For those celebrating at home, Santa Rosa County urges the use of caution and common sense. On a typical Fourth of July, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires and thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Follow these tips to help keep you and your family safe:
- Purchase state-approved sparklers from licensed vendors.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions before using.
- Light sparklers on a flat smooth surface away from combustible materials (not grass).
- Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose ready for emergencies.
- Never have any portion of your body directly over the sparkler when lighting the fuse.
- Never allow children to use any sparkler without supervision.
- Light only one item at a time and never attempt to re-light a "dud."
- Submerge used and "dud" sparklers in water prior to placing in trash receptacles.
Remember, Fido and fireworks don't mix! Shelters often see an increase in lost pets after fireworks displays. Follow these tips to help keep your pet safe:
- Keep pets indoors during the evening of July 4. Turn on the TV or radio as a distraction and close the curtains. Provide a pet bed or crate in a quiet place to create a small den-like place and a sense of security.
- Take your pet for an extra potty break before fireworks begin. If your pet becomes frightened, this can help prevent accidents.
- If your pet often becomes stressed during periods of loud noise like thunderstorms, check with your veterinarian to see if a tranquilizer is appropriate for your pet during the festivities.
- If you are near a fireworks display or if neighbors are lighting fireworks, don't leave your pets unattended outside, not even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Frightened pets may try to escape a fenced yard or become tangled in their chains.
- Make sure your pets have proper identification tags with current information in the event they run away. If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in a carrier at all times.
- Do not leave your pet in a vehicle while you watch a fireworks display. In only a matter of minutes, the heat in a car can cause serious health problems or death, even at night. Also, a stressed animal can also cause major damage to the interior of your vehicle.
- If your pet is missing, call Santa Rosa Animal Services at (850) 983-4680 or click the "Search Lost Pets" tab at www.santarosa.fl.gov/animals.