About 300 people a day go to the ER with firework-related injuries around this time of year.  Don't be one of them.  Here are some fireworks safety tips

1.  Make sure they're legal in the State, County, City, Village where you live..

2.  Never let young kids play with fireworks, or set them off.  Even sparklers can cause serious burns.  They burn between 1200 and 2000 degrees.

3.  Never aim fireworks at people.   Also, don't THROW fireworks at people.

4.  Never place any part of your body directly over a firework while lighting it.

5.  Always have a bucket of water or a hose handy in case of a fire.  Or to douse fireworks that don't go off.

6.  Know how to deal with a dud.  Never re-light a firework that doesn't go off.  Wait for it to stop burning . . . douse it with a hose . . . then fully submerge it in a bucket of water.

We all know that friend or relative that lets a firecracker go off while they are holding it, or swings a sparkler at you, or even aims a bottle rocket in your direction.  Not only are these actions not safe, remember who's watching...children, who like to emulate adults.

Here's to a safe and Happy Independence Day.

(USAGov)