May 8, 2015, 12:00:00 AM CDT - Post By: Children's Health

Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips
Get 10 Fourth of July fireworks safety tips from the Injury Prevention experts at Children's Health to help you and your family stay safe.

10 Fourth of July Fireworks Safety Tips From Children's

Editor's Note: This article has been updated since its original posting in July 2014.

Fourth of July is Friday, and whether you plan to enjoy fireworks, hit the lake or have a backyard pool party, safety should be top-of-mind. The experts from The Safety Source-Injury Prevention Service at Children’s Medical Center say the best way to avoid injury from fireworks is to leave them to the professionals.

If your family will be buying fireworks and setting them off, here at 10 Fourth of July fireworks safety tips you can download and print to help you and your family stay safe:

  1. Buy only legal fireworks from reliable sellers. Legal fireworks will have a safety label. Always read the label and follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
  3. Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. Avoid bottle rockets, because their flight paths are unpredictable, and the launchers often explode.
  4. Never re-light a “dud” firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes, and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  5. Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  6. Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  7. Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then putting them in a trash can.
  8. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun, but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
  9. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  10. If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage.

Watch: Molly Grinstead, Children's Health injury Prevention Program Coordinator, offers up a few additional tips for firework safety this holiday weekend.