Safety officials are reminding everyone to be safe and use caution when using fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations.
Under state law, only small, novelty fireworks are approved for use by consumers. State law bars consumers from using larger fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles and mortars, according to the state fire commission.
Here are some safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
* Fireworks should only be used outdoors. Only use fireworks as intended. Do not try to alter or combine them.
* Always have water handy.
* Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water prior to disposal.
* Spectators should stay a safe distance from the person igniting the fireworks. The igniter should wear safety glasses.
* Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
* Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives - illegal fireworks should be reported to local law enforcement.
* Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers. Sparklers should only be used under close adult supervision.
* Always remain standing and at least six feet from others while using sparklers.
* Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers.
* Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person and never hold or light more than one sparkler at a time.
* Sparkler wires and sticks remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers into a bucket of water.