Friday, July 3, 2015

4th July fireworks: celebrate, mindfully

As we celebrate the birth of our nation, let us also be mindful that fireworks can be less than joyful to some:
  • Several outlets are trying to raise awareness that the sights and/or sounds of fireworks can be distressing to veterans with PTSD, see Time and CNN.
  • Pets can be startled and bolt or may be stressed and even terrified by the loud sounds that accompany fireworks. These articles address the issue: safety tips, why are dogs scared of fireworks, The DeKalb Humane Society has shared additional safety tips, click here. Or, as the ever-awesome The Oatmeal explains:
  • Exhausted parents who have finally managed to get baby down for the night may experience sudden rage mixed feelings about late evening fireworks.
Happy Fourth of July!