As the Fourth of July approaches, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) shares essential tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration for everyone. From fireworks safety to pet care, here are 10 tips to keep in mind:

Fireworks Safety


1. Keep a Safe Distance: Detonate fireworks at least 200 feet away from structures, vehicles, and rubbish.

2. Supervise Children: Never allow children to light fireworks. Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.

3. Avoid Impairment: Never operate fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

4. Prepare for Emergencies: Light fireworks one at a time and keep a bucket of water or hose nearby to monitor embers.

5. Dispose of Fireworks Safely: Wet down used fireworks to prevent reignition and avoid immediate disposal in trash containers.

6. Follow Instructions: Always read and follow the label directions carefully before igniting fireworks.

7. Use Hard Surfaces: Place fireworks on a hard, smooth surface before lighting.

8. Avoid Hand-Held Ignition: Never light fireworks in your hand and move away quickly after ignition.

9. Mind Your Aim: Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets, cars, or buildings.

10. Know the Law: Fireworks are illegal within Lafayette city limits. In unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish, fireworks may be set off from June 25 through July 5, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and until 1:00 a.m. on July 5. Minors under 18 are not permitted to possess, handle, or purchase fireworks.

Pet Safety

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Jamie Street via Unsplash

1. Keep Pets Indoors: Secure your pets inside your home to protect them from the noise and dangers of fireworks.

2. Provide a Safe Space: Create a quiet, comfortable hiding place for your pets.

3. Use Ambient Noise: Turn on a radio or TV to mask the sounds of fireworks.

4. Keep Them Occupied: Give your pets toys or treats to keep them busy and distracted.

5. Consult Your Vet: If your pet is particularly fearful of loud noises, consult your veterinarian about possible medication options.

6. Update Pet ID Info: Ensure your pet's ID information is up-to-date in case they get lost.

7. Lost Pets: If your pet goes missing, check the Lafayette Animal Shelter & Care Center Lost Pet webpage.

Schedule Reminders

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Staff Photo

1. Transit Services: All transit services will be suspended on the Fourth of July. Regular schedules will resume on Friday, July 5, 2024.

2. Garbage Collection: Garbage collection will operate as usual. Place bins at the curb according to the regular schedule.

3. Dean Domingues Compost Facility: The compost facility will be closed on the Fourth of July and will reopen on Friday, July 5, 2024.

By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend in Lafayette. Have a happy and safe celebration!

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