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BONFIRE NIGHT 2017 – STAYING SAFE

As the 2017 BFN season starts to gather momentum, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some information to help to keep you, your family and pets safe and well.

Here at Epic, we are passionate about using pyrotechnics safely and not to the detriment of the local elderly, a beloved pet or indeed the local wildlife. It would be great if everyone could escape injury
all the time but accidents whether caused by a mishap or sheer foolishness there may be some minor burns to deal with.

Any display which includes fireworks and sparklers, whether it’s a few people at your property or indeed a sizeable crowd, should always have a water source close by. This should include a couple
of buckets of water and a hosepipe which is primed and ready to rock and roll. If someone suffers a burn, it is imperative to take immediate steps to treat the patient to avoid unnecessary pain and
suffering. Begin by running cool clean water over the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes. Follow this treatment by placing a clean damp towel over the burn and seeking medical assistance.

Next on the list; Pets. Now whether this includes your huge German Shepherd or a tiny little Bichon Frise, any animal can react badly to the loud noise, screeches, and whistles created by fireworks.
Data shows that an estimated 45% of all dogs will show signs of fear throughout BFN. However, if you take a few easy and well-timed steps you will reduce your pet’s anxiety making the situation a
great deal less worrying.

1. Hiding place – make sure your pet has somewhere they can hide throughout the BFN season. A cupboard, under the table or another item of furniture, is ideal. Just remember that if your pet has decided to hide out under the table containing your best lead crystal,
make sure to move it to avoid breakages.

2. Walkies – Make sure you walk your pet during daylight hours as this will avoid the additional worry of perhaps being out when the displays begin.

3. Dull the noise – Close curtains, turn the radio or TV on to lessen the noise.

4. Please be sure that your pet is microchipped just on the off chance that they escape so they can be reunited with you.

5. Outdoor pets – Cover small outdoor pet cages with carpet or a cover which will help to dull the noise and put additional bedding in with your rabbit or guinea pig which again will reduce stress.

6. A bonfire just looks like an ideal home exhibition to a small animal so we recommend that you collect all the materials for the Bonfire in a separate place to where it is to be lit so that any ‘visitors’ can escape to safety. Immediately before lighting, we also recommend you go around and prod around the base of the fire again to remove any hedgehogs etc.

Above all, stay safe and enjoy the fireworks safely and keep in mind the animals that need to be taken care of. Have a fantastic BFN and if you need help or advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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4th July Fireworks And Pets

Fireworks are enjoyed year-round by people to celebrate the 4th July, but can be a source of fear to many animals.

This is not necessarily something which has to cause problems for the pet owner provided they take some precautions in respect to finding them somewhere they feel safe.

Making sure that your cat or dog has somewhere to hide and that importantly they have access to this area at all times. This may be a cupboard or under the bed but it must be readily available.

We recommend that you walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. At nightfall, close curtains and put on some music to mask the sound of the fireworks for your pets. If your pet shows signs of fear, try to ignore it as this can compound the issue. Leave your pet alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.

Sounds scary – In the long-term, your dog needs to learn to be less afraid of noises and therefore may benefit from a treatment offered by the RSPCA called sounds scary. It’s a CD based therapy to lessen the impact of noise on animals.

If you are going out to a display, just ensure that your pets have a safe haven, with their favourite toy and close all curtains, blinds and doors to lessen the impact of the noise and lights.

If your display is going to be in your own garden area, you could consider going for quieter firework selections to lessen the impact and again, try to keep them inside and out-of-the-way of the children and other visitors as animals can be very unpredictable when they are afraid.

If you need help or advice on which of the Epic lines are best suited to pet owners, please get in touch.

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Ear Muffs For Dogs – Canine Audio Sense

Ear muffs for dogs, at last. For too many years we have all been sitting at home with our poochs on fireworks night wishing we could be out with our four-legged friend enjoying the fireworks together. Finally the dream has come true. This ingenious invention from pilot, Michelle Macguire was designed initially to spare her dog the fear that he felt every time they went flying together.

Mrs Macguire, 48, of Wisconsin in the US, said: ‘I did a test flight of 15 minutes and by the time we arrived Cooper had taken them off.

‘But when we did the return flight, he kept them on – he must have realised it was a lot worse for him without them.

‘That was seven years ago when he was one. Ever since he’s never taken them off and flying doesn’t bother him at all.’

She said that hundreds of armed forces dogs based in Iraq and Afghanistan are also now using “Mutt Muffs” while on the front line and that they have solved the problem for dog-owners of how to deal with firework night disturbance.

This is an incredible idea, and Mrs Macguire now sells her “Mutt Muffs” on her website, where they are proving popular all over the world. As this adorable photograph shows.

Dogs are, of course, the most popular pet in the world. Now when you travel or work in loud environments it is no longer necessary to leave the dog behind. Also, as we said above, if you are in a military armed force and about to storm an enemy stronghold, but would like to take rover in with you, you can!

Now if you really want to impress I would like to see ear defenders for Gerbils. These desert based rodents also have acute hearing and it would nice to see mini versions of these. The African Elephant, however, will have to wait.

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