With food, festivities, and fireworks, most of us enjoy a happy and safe 4th of July. For our four-legged friends, however, it’s not all fun and games. The American Humane Association has reported that July 5th is the most hectic and crowded day at animal shelters nationwide. Vet visits also rise, sparking concern that even the most well-meaning of owners might be unaware of potential risks. This year, make sure your beloved pets are safe with these 8 safety tips.

8. Don’t use sparklers near pets

Though all fireworks without a permit are actually prohibited throughout most of LA County, that doesn’t stop everyone. We can’t condone using even small fireworks in prohibited areas, but if you do choose to light a sparkler or two do it safely.

Keep all pets inside and away from even the smallest of sparklers. Pets can bite them, resulting in burns to the mouth, nose, or eyes. Ingesting the chemicals contained in sparklers can also buy you a ticket to the animal hospital.