1. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

2. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

3. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

4. Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

5. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

6. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

7. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

8. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

9. Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.

10. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

11. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of waterfrom a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

12. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.