Ridgefield police share tips on fireworks safety

The Ridgefield Police Department has shared the following reminders regarding fireworks safety in advance of the Fourth of July on Wednesday:

  • All fireworks are illegal in the state of Connecticut, with the exception of sparklers and fountains.
  • Sparklers and fountains are defined as “non-explosive non-aerial devices that contain less than 100 grams of pyrotechnic mixture.”
  • There are dangers associated with both legal and illegal fireworks to both people and property (fire, property damage, explosions, burns, serious bodily injury or death). The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display.

The department also said that fireworks displays can create anxiety for canines.

Here are some tips for providing a safe Fourth of July for canines:

  • Make sure your dog(s) gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
  • Keep your dog(s) inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship.
  • If it’s hot, air conditioning will help.
  • Bringing your dog(s) to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
  • Provide a safe place inside for your dog(s) to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog(s) is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
  • If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful as removing visual stimulation can help calm your dog(s).
  • Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar.
  • If you are attending a fireworks display leave your dog something fun to do – (like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.)
  • If you see a dog roaming during the time of a fireworks display, call Animal Control immediately 203-431-2711 as this dog will be anxious and scared.

Any questions regarding the safety of canines can be directed to Animal Control Officer Kris Zulkeski at 203-431-2711.