With the July 4th weekend upon us it might be wise to remember some simple safety rules for Fireworks. I always gets me a bit concerned when I see adults and kids around fireworks in swim suits, shorts and flip-flops. You have to cover as much of your body as possible and make sure it is not a synthetic fabric. Those darn things melt to your skin and that hurts forever.

My friends at the Owensboro Fire Department sent me a list of safety concerns. It might be a good idea to read these over before you pay tribute to American on the 4th of July in the emergency room.

So without any further comment here are the TOP 10 Fireworks Safety Tips:

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

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

Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

Adults should always supervise fireworks activities.  Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under 5.  Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.

Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework devise with a fuse.  Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.

Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.

Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

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

Light one item at a time then move back quickly.

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

After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding to prevent a trash fire.

Ok, so that is really 11 tips but 10 sounded so much cooler. Besides if you have read down to this point....consider the 11th tip as a bonus and be safe.

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