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When celebrating the Fourth of July, don’t forget: Household pets and fireworks do not mix, according to Pet Helpers on James Island and the Charleston Animal Society.

Not only do the loud noises frighten animals, but many run away each year as a result, according to an alert from Pet Helpers.

“Most people love to spend this holiday week outdoors with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets,” said Joe Elmore, chief executive officer of the Charleston Animal Society.

Pet owners are advised to leave their pets inside or at home before participating in fireworks displays. Pet Helpers also suggests leaving the TV or radio on to dampen outside noises and prevent pet anxiety.

During backyard barbecues, families should also resist the temptation to feed scraps to their four-legged friends, for any sudden change in diet can result in severe indigestion.

And always remember that pets are susceptible to heatstroke and should be given plenty of water and shade when outdoors.

“Heat, humidity and the holiday, also known as the Triple H threat each July, can be avoided by following these simple safety tips,” Elmore said.