Some fireworks safety tips to keep in mind as the Fourth of July nears

Even though the Fourth of July is a celebratory holiday, there are people who end up in the hospital after improperly using fireworks.

Dozens are injured in our area every year.

Here are a few safety tips to help protect yourself and loved ones.

Use sparklers and other legal novelties on a flat surfaces, never on grass.

Make sure you're in an open area.

Keep children and animals 30 feet away.

Light one item at a time and don't purchase or use anything that's unwrapped.

Keep a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby for emergencies.

Remember, if it launches or explodes, it is illegal to use and you must have a permit.

Anyone caught using fireworks illegally can face jail time and be fined up to $1,000 dollars.

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