Helpful tips for your July festivities:
One third of all firework injuries are eye related.
Most doctors advise that fireworks should be observed at a public, professional show rather than shooting them off yourself.
Never let children play with fireworks of any type.
View fireworks from a safe distance: at least 500 feet away, or up to a quarter of a mile for best viewing.
Respect safety barriers set up to allow pyrotechnicians to do their jobs safely.
Leave the lighting of fireworks to trained professionals.
Follow directives given by event ushers or public safety personnel.
If you find unexploded fireworks remains, do not touch them. Immediately contact your local fire or police departments.
If you get an eye injury from fireworks, seek medical help immediately.
NEVER put fireworks in glass jars, bottles, or clay pots
Prescription eyeglasses provide little to no protection when it comes to firework safety. It is a good idea to use protective goggles if you choose to light your own fireworks this year.