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July 4th fireworks safety

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TYLER (KYTX) - It's time to get your fireworks arsenal ready for the 4th of July.

But along with all the fun, do you know how to stay safe too?

More than 5,000 people a year get injured by fireworks because they don't use them correctly.

While you have a lot of things to choose from, you do have to remember a few rules when you light the fuse to celebrate.

The 4th of July is synonymous with fireworks and fun.

"The people, seeing the people," says Lloyd Cashion.

Cashion loves fireworks so much he started shooting off shows.

"Most important thing is to protect your ears, you eyes, something to keep you from getting burned," says Cashion.

And he knows why safety is important.

Because no matter if it's a sparkler, or an artillery shell, it's an explosive device.

"They are explosive devices and do have to be handled and treated as such, can injure a small child very easily," says Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton.

Seaton says keep water nearby, make sure the area you use is cleared of grass or anything the could catch fire, and read the instructions.

Things Adam Manley at Union Fireworks tells each customer.

"Flat surface for like an artillery shell or anything with fire. Maybe put some water on the ground," says Manley.

The Comsumer Product Safety Commission says it's far too easy to make a small mistake, catch clothing on fire, or not release something, and that could mean a big problem.

"Wear gloves, goggles, ear muffs and a hard hat," says Cashion.

All to stay safe, while having fun.

"Fireworks are not toys by any means," says Cashion.

And you need to be sure you're not aiming those fireworks at anything, houses, or cars, or leaving pieces behind because they could later ignite and cause a fire.

Also be careful of how you dispose of fireworks.

Soak them in water before throwing them away.

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