July 4 is right around the corner, and with many Independence Day celebrations come fireworks.
But if not handled correctly, fireworks can be dangerous. Especially with children.
Fireworks can cause injuries, including burns, contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eye. In some cases they can even be deadly.
How can you protect your family from fireworks injuries?
Here's six simple tips to ensuring a fun and safe Fourth of July celebration.
1. Always obey local laws. Fireworks laws vary from state to state, and even from city to city. Check with local police before planning any celebrations with fireworks.
2. Never let little children play with fireworks.
3. Always have an adult present when using fireworks in your backyard.
4. Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that often means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for the average person.
5. Always watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
6. Have a cell phone ready in case you need to call 911.