When it comes to Fourth of July fireworks, safety should always be the first priority

Fireworks explode over Lincoln Memorial, at the National Mall as seen from Arlington, Va. during the Fourth of July celebration on Monday, July 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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No Independence Day celebration is complete without a beautiful fireworks display. But as everyone knows, shooting off fireworks can be dangerous.

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This Fourth of July, follow these steps to stay as safe as possible while celebrating with fireworks.

  • Obey all local laws.
  • Read cautionary labels.
  • Wear safety glasses.
  • Only use fireworks under adult supervision, and always away from building and vehicles.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Light one at a time, then move away quickly.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
  • Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • To dispose of fireworks, wet them, then place them in a metal trashcan.

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