The fourth of July is a time to celebrate with friends and family. In order to celebrate safely, consider the following tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration.
The best way to enjoy fireworks is to view public fireworks displays put on by professionals.
If you plan to use fireworks, ensure they are legal in your area.
Always read the directions and warning labels on the fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, directions, and a warning label, do not light it.
Supervise children around fireworks at all times.
Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Pour water over it and dispose of it.
Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
According to nfpa.org, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 fires in the year 2013 and more than 28% of those fires were reported on the 4th of July.