According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, on average, 240 people per day visit the emergency room with injuries caused by fireworks in the 30 days surrounding July 4. The most common injuries are eye wounds and burns.

Yes, accidents happen and it’s impossible to live your life in a bubble, but the fact remains that fireworks, even when used with caution, are dangerous. Parents need to weigh the risk vs. reward in bringing firecrackers, sparklers and other fireworks to a backyard BBQ, evening around the campfire or other family gathering.

Avoiding Fireworks Injuries

Everyone wants to enjoy a fun and relaxing Independence Day. If fireworks are part of your family’s tradition—and legal in your area—then remember the following guidelines.

-        A responsible adult should always supervise firework activity. Young children should never play with fireworks of any kind, sparklers  included. Believe it or not, sparklers burn at temperatures of approximately 2,000 degrees!

-        Fireworks packaged in plain brown paper were probably meant for professional displays, so don’t use them.

-        Ensure a firework device is aimed in a safe direction before lighting it.

-        When lighting the fuse to a firework device, wear safety glasses, stand to the side and then back away as soon as the fuse is lit. Don’t light more than one device at a time.

-        Don’t throw a firework device at someone.

-        Don’t shoot fireworks from glass jars or metal cans.

-        If a firework device didn’t work properly, don’t pick it up or try to re-light it. Instead, douse it with water.

-        Be ready for fires by having water on hand. Avoid trash fires by dousing spent fireworks before discarding them.

Stay safe!