FIREWORKS: WHAT TO KNOW
* Fireworks and Veterans with PTSD
Many people aren't aware that fireworks can be a source of stress for our military veterans who suffer from PTSD. The loud noises can sometimes be a trigger. Many veterans can mentally prepare for the planned events that happen in their hometowns. It's the unexpected firecrackers in their neighborhoods (especially at night) that bring them back to the battlefield. Please be considerate of our military veterans - attend the community events, such as Tribute to Liberty, rather than setting off fireworks in your neighborhood. Plus, as you will read below, fireworks are illegal in our city limits.
* Fireworks are Not Legal in Midwest City
Our ordinance states, "It shall be unlawful and an offense for any person to store, sell, transport, explode or discharge any fireworks in the city." Fireworks are banned in most communities because of the fire dangers that could occur. Fireworks can also cause damage to your ears, and can cause burns, loss of fingers, and other serious injuries.
* Fireworks can cause Panic in Pets
The safest place for your pet is safely inside your home. The panic pets experience as a result of fireworks may make them run away or jump a fence in an attempt to find safety. PetMD recommends leaving your pets at home, providing a safe spot from loud noises, and making sure your pets are properly identified with a microchip or ID tag. Never use fireworks around pets and make sure to clean up your fireworks debris. Unused fireworks or fireworks debris can contain toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate and other heavy metals. Keep Emergency Contact information handy. The number for the 24/7 Pet Poison Helpline is 855-764-7661. (A per incident fee applies.)
DID YOU KNOW? July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters nationwide. There is a 30% increase in the number of lost pets between July 4th and July 6th.