The skies will be filled with fireworks, both legal and illegal, as they have for decades. People look forward to the holidays to light off the explosives that light up the sky with beautiful colors, causing ooohs and ahhs from those watching. With new laws in place that allow the displays to carry on for three days, it gives one plenty of opportunity to see the Fourth of July celebrations.

Many communities set off fireworks with the big shows being handled by pyrotechnic experts with years of experience under their belts. Their success is based on the healthy respect they have for serious harm that can occur if fireworks aren’t handled with care. It’s safety first, one hundred percent of the time, to avoid disaster.

Here are some safety tips from the American Pyrotechnics Association to help keep your backyard celebrations safe.

If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:

• Never allow young children to handle fireworks. Older children should use them only under close adult supervision

• Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear

• Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands

• Never light them indoors. Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting

• Never ignite devices in a container

• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks

• Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding

• Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire

• Never use illegal fireworks

Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show. Happy Fourth of July. Enjoy the show!!!