It just wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without colorful fireworks lighting up the sky. Even so, the last thing anyone wants when celebrating America’s independence is an injury involving fireworks or smaller items like sparklers for at-home use. The National Council on Fireworks Safety says using common sense is one of the best ways to prevent fireworks-related injuries. For instance, anyone directly handling fireworks should wear safety glasses and keep a safe distance from all spectators. Find out about the fireworks laws in your area before purchasing or using them. Always have a source of water handy like a garden hose or bucket of water in case a fireworks accident occurs. The Council also advises that only people over the age of 12 should handle sparklers, which can potentially cause burns on hands and legs if not used carefully.