I am writing in response to a recent article which appeared in The Telegram June 27 regarding fireworks and dogs.
First, as a dog owner myself, I wish to echo the concerns brought forward by others. For times when I can predict the use of fireworks, such as Canada Day and New Year’s Eve, it’s easy enough for me to take the necessary precautions to reduce the stress on my dog. However, with fireworks being available to anyone, and the freedom to use them whenever and wherever, being able to prepare becomes much more difficult, if not impossible. This could very easily lead to incidents where my dog is left alone and terrified, or if outside, might run away.
Second, in my line of work, I know too well the issues associated with putting fireworks in the hands of Joe Blow to use whenever it pleases him. I can’t tell you how many times there are reports of flare sightings, and valuable search and rescue resources tasked, only to discover that it was a false alarm, as the “flare” in question turns out to be a firework.
I know from experience that the average person, when looking out across the bay from their kitchen window, cannot tell the difference between a red distress flare and a harmless red firework, or whether it is even over land or over water. Harmless, of course, until somebody dies because SAR resources are busy investigating a wild goose chase that never should be allowed to occur. Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, this hasn’t happened — yet.
Honestly, the pet issue aside, I cannot understand why anyone is allowed to purchase fireworks to use at their leisure, knowing the potential implications on safety. I would strongly support a complete ban on the sale of fireworks for use by average citizens, but at the very least, their use should be limited to specific times.
And to all those opposed, I’m fairly certain a life is more valuable than the “oohs” and “aahs” your precious fireworks solicit.
Conception Bay South