1. Don't let small children handle fireworksSmall children should not be holding or lighting fireworks, and don't let teenagers light fireworks without close adult supervision.
2. Have a fire extinguisher on hand for emergenciesBe ready in the event a small fire breaks out, so that it doesn't become a big fire.
3. Keep a bucket of water close byThis isn't only to douse any fires that might erupt. It's also a good idea to use a bucket of water to soak any duds and safely dispose of them.
4. Don't mix alcohol and fireworksBad things tend to happen when fireworks are combined with alcohol. At the very least, make sure the person handling and lighting fireworks is sober.
5. Wear protective eye gearEven small fireworks can do irreparable damage to your eyes. If you're lighting fireworks, eye protection can wind up saving your vision.
6. Don't relight dudsLike stated above, soak them in water before disposing of them
7. Only light fireworks one at a timeThis includes sparklers!
8. Don't use illegal or home-made fireworksThey're banned for a reason—they have the potential to seriously harm or kill you.
Fireworks during the 4th of July is one of America's great past times. Help make sure this proud tradition continues for years to come, and always play it safe around fireworks!