Fireworks are sold all year round but they are never more popular than in the summer, and especially around the 4th of July. What a treat to go to a public display and watch the amazing rockets, explosions and colors bursting across the sky.

These are of course controlled events, handled by professionals. When it comes to private fireworks, be careful!

Not all those fireworks your neighbor may be using or even your own family may be legal. Make sure they are! Some neighborhoods can get pretty noisy and smoky on the 4th of July, and you may wonder if you’re under attack as a rocket roars over your house and lands in your backyard. Not good!

Let’s have a SAFE summer and don’t let anyone you know or even yourself end up in the emergency room because of fireworks gone bad!
The American Red Cross recommends the following safety tips, concerning fireworks.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

Visit http://www.redcross.org for more safety tips and for information on giving blood.