In just a day or so burgers will begin flying off the shelves, a tent will appear in the Wal-Mart parking lot, and ketchup will be worth’s it weight in gold.

That’s right, folks. It’s almost the 4th of July!

In my article last year, I gave some firework safety tips for a safe and exciting Independence Day. This year I’ve rounded up a few more…with pictures!

Never Give Fireworks to Children

Sparklers are fine, just as long as the kids are well-supervised.

Light Fireworks Outside Away from Buildings and Vehicles

Along these same lines, never light a firework in your hand, and never, NEVER relight a dud. Dud fireworks have been known to explode unexpectedly.

Don’t Drink Alcohol Around Fireworks

Common sense, people. Save the drinks for after the show.

Light One Firework at a Time

If you value your life and those around you, of course.

Keep a Bucket of Water and Hose Nearby

Juuuust in case.

Do Not Experiment With Homemade Fireworks

You know your high school chemistry class? Yes.

Keep these tips in mind, and you’re on your way to having a fabulous 4th!

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