It's recommended to use a black top or solid surface for launching fireworks and to avoid dry grassy land that can easily catch fire from a burning ember. Obviously, keep children and small pets away from fireworks at all times and do not start lighting fireworks until all children are accounted for. Make sure a qualified adult who has experience with fireworks is present. This person should know how to administer first aide and has a first aid kit nearby in case something goes wrong. Always read the instructions on all fireworks and heed the safety instructions to ensure compliance with what the manufacturer deems safe use. Not following the instructions on fireworks can result in an accident. Avoid lighting multiple fireworks at once. Firework manufacturers suggest that the individual lighting it should have proper safety equipment including a solid pair of gloves, waterproof boots, safety glasses, ear plugs and a fire blanket as precautions. It's also a good idea to have either a hose or bucket of water within reach in case a fire breaks out from a burning ember or fireworks that backfire. Adhering to a few helpful safety tips can help ensure a fun and injury free Independence Day. Never let children play with fireworks. Always discharge fireworks under adult supervision. Never purchase illegal fireworks, instead buy only from reputable dealers. Make sure a firehose is nearby. Never make your own fireworks. Use protective eye wear. Never relight a "dud" firework. Always use fireworks outside and far away from flammable materials. If an injury occurs, call 9-1-1 and remember not to rub eye injuries as it can cause more damage.