In 2013, there were eight
deaths and 11,000 injuries nationwide due to fireworks. Safety experts say it's
best to leave the fireworks to professionals when celebrating holidays, but if
you do buy fireworks to set off at home, keep some basic safety tips in mind.
-Children should always be
-Never let children hold
-Wear eye protection
-Never attempt to re-light
-Don't throw or point
fireworks toward people or structures
As for more common items
like sparklers, the fire department still warns to be cautious.
"Understand also that
those can be dangerous, as well, especially to your children," said TFD Lt.
Matthew Hertzfeld. "Make sure you have a bucket of water nearby that you can
put those items in."
Sparklers burn up to 1,200
degrees. As with anything, use common sense and stay safe.