LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Fourth of July holiday is a few days away but many in Kentuckiana are getting the party started early with fireworks.
In 2012, more than 36 percent of fireworks-related injuries were to children under the age of 18.
If fireworks are on the agenda this weekend, here are some safety reminders from officials:
Only adults should light fireworks. Never let children handle, play with or light fireworks without adult supervision.
Sparklers burn at anywhere between 1,200 and 1,800 degrees – hot enough to melt glass.
Never try to fix or relight a dud.
Use a clear, open space and keep the audience at a safe distance.
Have a fire extinguisher and water supply nearby.
Never smoke or consume alcohol when lighting fireworks.