Child Safety– These are facts from Safe Kids of NC. Every year, 35 to 40 children across the country die from heat exposure in vehicles. Sadly, these deaths can be prevented. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise to almost 200 degrees in just 10 minutes. In fact, it gets so hot that s’mores can be cooked in the backseat. A child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than adults. Even a few minutes of heat exposure can be dangerous for a child. July is historically the deadliest month for child fatalities in hot cars. NEVER leave a child unattended in a car, for any length of time or at any time of the year.
PET POLICY: For the safety and comfort of our visitors and pets, leave your pets at home. The N.C. 4th of July Festival Pet Policy discourages pets on the Festival grounds, excluding service dogs and law enforcement dogs .
This policy is in place out of respect and safety for the animals. Pets become a liability and logistical challenge when they are brought to the Festival. The Festival hosts more than 50,000 visitors. The size of these crowds and noise associated with festival events can prove a threat to the safety of your pets.
Most importantly the heat is a real concern for the health of pets. Pavement, metal and tar-coated asphalt get extremely hot and can burn their feet. Make prior arrangements to ensure proper care is given to your pets while attending the Festival. Do not leave pets unattended in parked cars, regardless as to whether a window may be open.
CITY OF SOUTHPORT PET REGULATIONS ABBREVIATED: