It's pretty hard to beat a booming fireworks show on a warm summer night. But for safety's sake, make sure the kids stay far away, and keep in mind that all fireworks—including sparklers—are illegal in New Jersey.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that in 2009, there were 9,000 firework related injuries that included minor and major burns and lacerations, loss of limb, and even death—most of which occurred to people under the age of 20.

Whether your planning to celebrate in New Jersey, or in a state where fireworks are legal (PA, CT, MD, etc.). Make sure to keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging, as this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Adults should always supervise fireworks activities. Parents often don't realize that there are many injuries from sparklers to children under five. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light one item at a time then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks fully complete their functioning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before  to prevent a trash fire.

For a super fun (and safe) 4th, your best bet is to leave it to the professionals. Check out our huge list of 4th of July Fireworks across NJ!