This 4th of July most big fireworks shows have been cancelled due to COVID. However, it is very likely that most of us will have some fireworks going off nearby. Beyond any social distancing safety precautions, don’t forget that sound levels from fireworks can reach levels that cause hearing problems and ringing in the ears. Some sound safety tips to remember:
ADULTS: pack some earplugs or earmuffs. In a pinch, rolled up Kleenex and even fingers in ears work well!
CHILDREN under 3 should not use earplugs! Small earmuffs, or soft-band muffs for young infants, are best. Hands over ears are always effective too! If infants or children are with you, remember that they are more sensitive to loud sounds. Best practice is to move back more if you have children with you.
Please be considerate in setting off fireworks if you have COMBAT VETERANS who live nearby. Fireworks can be a strong PTSD trigger and can also make tinnitus worse. Please ask and be respectful.
Don’t forget your PETS: Loud sounds and light flashes can scare them. Keep pets inside with windows closed (AC on if it’s hot) and play music or TV on to lessen the effect of the fireworks. Stay with them if you can, or leave them with a treat or toy. Avoid taking them to gatherings if you know they are sensitive to loud sounds. If you are taking an anxious dog to a gathering, make sure they have tags/microchip and stay close-by to calm/control them.
Have an enjoyable and safe 4th of July!
Don’t forget hearing protection! 🙂