On July 4th, some tips on fireworks safety from the U.S. Fire Administration:
*The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.
*Kids should never play with fireworks. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) – hot enough to melt gold.
*Steer clear of others – fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.
*Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
*Think about your pet. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.