Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July. Millions of Americans enjoy professional fireworks displays on Independence Day. But in addition to their community's display, some families set off their own fireworks. Amid the festivities shared by friends and family, don't overlook safety. If backyard fireworks are part of your family tradition, plan ahead and use common sense to keep the celebration fun and safe.
FIREWORKS PRODUCTSState or local laws may prohibit or limit the purchase or use of consumer fireworks, so be aware of what is legal in your community. The consumer fireworks classification include shells and mortars, multiple tube devices, roman candles, rockets, sparklers and firecrackers with no more than 50 milligrams of powder. They also include novelty items such as snakes, ground spinners, helicopters, fountains and party poppers.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that consumer fireworks be purchased only from a licensed store. Products regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have brightly colored packages, safety warnings and the country of origin. Usually it's China.
CPSC warns against buying firework devices from an individual at his/her house or car, because they are likely to be illegal explosives. They are usually un-packaged and wrapped with plain brown paper. CPSC reports many of these fireworks are handmade in unsafe environments. Alert local law enforcement authorities to the sale of potentially illegal explosives.
And never concoct a homemade recipe for a firework device.
SAFETY STATISTICSThe safety trend for fireworks and sparklers is increasingly positive. In 1976, CPSC established federal standards for consumer fireworks and sparklers. Since then, the injury rate has dropped by 88 percent. The National Council of Fireworks Safety attributes the improvement to increased safety education and improving quality of legal consumer fireworks and sparklers.
Even so, CPSC estimates about 9,800 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in 2007. More than half the injuries were burns. Most of the injuries involved the hands, eyes and legs. Children aged 10 to 14 had the highest injury rate of all age groups. While they bring enjoyment to the young and young-at-heart, fireworks are not toys.
USING FIREWORKS SAFELYDon't let the fun of Independence Day picnics and parades be overshadowed with a trip to the emergency room. Handle fireworks with care.
Prior to using the fireworks, store them according to the directions. Carefully read the label of each firework to understand exactly what it will do. Never alter or combine the devices, or ignite them inside a glass or metal container.
Designate who is responsible for discharging the fireworks. Adults are best. If parents determine older children are capable, closely supervise them. Younger children should never play with fireworks. Because of the dangers, horseplay and running around should not be tolerated.
Wear safety glasses and keep as far away as possible when lighting the fireworks. Never consume alcohol when working with fireworks.
For the best "oohs" and "ahhs", keep fireworks observers a safe distance from the discharge area.
The National Fire Protection Association reports fireworks caused about 32,600 fires in 2006, causing six deaths, 70 injuries and $34 million in direct property damage. Set off fireworks in a flat, clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass, and flammable materials. Also keep unused fireworks away from areas where they could inadvertently be ignited.
Have a hose or bucket of water nearby for emergencies. Never relight or handle malfunctioning devices. Instead, douse and soak them in water before disposing of them.
Having a schedule helps you stay on track and plan for your day. Did you know a feeding schedule does the same for your dog?
It’s true. Knowing how often to feed your dog and creating a routine can benefit you both. Keep reading to learn the answer to the frequently asked question “How often should I feed my dog?” among others.
What is a Dog Feeding Schedule?If you’re picturing an elaborate calendar, don’t worry. That’s not what a dog feeding schedule is. Your dog’s feeding schedule is simply the regular times at which you feed him on a daily basis.
Feeding him at the same time (or close to it) each day helps keep his digestive system regular and makes his need to go outside more predictable. This schedule also helps your dog learn when to expect you home, so he’ll have fewer accidents.
How Many Times a Day Should I Feed My Dog?Before you create a schedule, you need to figure out how often your dog should eat. This depends on several factors, including his age, activity level and general health.
The type of food you select can help you determine how much to feed him and how often. Refer to the serving suggestions on your dog’s food and compare it to his size and age.
This will give you a better idea about how much your dog should eat each day. Once you know this, you can divide that amount into two or more meals.
The frequency of feeding depends on your schedule. If you’re home during the day, you may prefer feeding three meals a day. If you work outside the home, it may be more convenient to feed him twice per day.
As you develop your dog’s feeding schedule, pay attention to his preferences as well. He may prefer three smaller meals rather than two larger ones, or vice versa.
What is the Best Time to Feed a Dog?Again, this depends on your schedule, but you should also consider your dog’s age and activity levels. Just as you wouldn’t want to eat a large meal before going to the gym, your dog shouldn’t eat right before or after exercising. This can lead to a life-threatening condition called bloat.
Ask Your VeterinarianIf you still aren’t sure about how often you should feed your dog, ask your veterinarian. They know your dog and can tell you how much he should eat and when based on his age, health, activity levels and more.
Your veterinarian may also offer tips to improve your dog’s eating habits. For example, if your dog eats too fast, they may suggest changes to slow him down.
Explore the various dog food options to find one your dog will love. Whether you have a puppy, senior dog or he’s somewhere in between, we have formulas for all life stages and various nutritional needs.
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Carrots are a versatile vegetable. They can stand alone as a snack, pair with a roast and potatoes or add flavor to stock or soup.
The vitamins and minerals this vegetable contains make them great for humans, but can dogs eat carrots? Purina experts say yes, dogs can eat carrots. Not only can they eat them, but most dogs also enjoy them. Below our experts explain why carrots are good for dogs, how to serve them and more.
Can Dogs Have Carrots?Like many other fruits and vegetables, dogs can have carrots. In fact, every part of this vegetable, from the carrot itself to the leafy green tops are safe for dogs to eat. They’re a good, natural treat, and most dogs like the flavor, too.
Are Carrots Good for Dogs?Carrots contain essential vitamins and minerals like beta carotene (which the body converts to vitamin A), vitamin K, potassium and more. Although these nutrients are good for humans, can dogs reap the same benefits?
Because you aren’t relying on carrots alone to give your dog the nutrients he needs, he’s unlikely to see major benefits from small amounts of this vegetable. That said, it’s still a healthy and tasty treat for your pooch.
When Are Carrots Bad for Dogs?In moderation, carrots are a healthy, low-calorie treat. Like other fruits and vegetables, though, they’re high in natural sugar. This is why dogs (and humans) find them so tasty. Too much sugar, even the natural kind, can cause weight gain, which can lead to other health problems.
“The same rules apply to serving carrots as they do with any other treat,” says Purina Senior Nutritionist Jan Dempsey. Meaning carrots should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories.
Although dogs aren’t usually at risk for cavities, too many high-sugar treats could lead to dental decay. Unlike more abrasive dog food and treats, which clean the teeth, carrots won’t clean your dog’s teeth as he eats.
How to Serve Carrots for DogsBefore giving your dog a new food, check with your veterinarian to get the ideal serving size. You can slice them into rounds or cut them into sticks or smaller or larger pieces, depending on your dog’s size.
Your dog may enjoy the crunch and flavor of raw carrots, but if he doesn’t like them raw, try giving him cooked carrots. If you’re worried about altering the carrots’ nutritional value by cooking them, don’t.
“Steaming or cooking minimally in the microwave shouldn’t cause a major change in vitamins and minerals in carrots,” says Dempsey. “But don’t boil the vegetable, since boiling tends to leach out nutrients. Just know however you fix them, carrots are not bad for dogs.”
Always follow your veterinarian’s advice, even with people foods safe for dogs. Doing so helps to protect your pup from digestive upset, weight gain and other health problems. If your dog loves carrots, consider giving him Beyond Grain Free Chicken, Carrot & Pea Wet Dog Food or treating him to Beneful Break-N-Bites Dog Treats with Real Chicken, Carrots & Sweet Potatoes. Explore similar questions to “Can dogs eat carrots?” to find other people foods your dog can (and can’t) eat. Shared from https://www.purina.com/articles/dog/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-carrots.