Safety in handling fireworks is urged. Friday is the Fourth of July. 

As families celebrate July Fourth, healthcare professionals remind the public to exercise extreme caution.

About one-third of accidents in 2012 happened to children under the age of 15, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Last year, 12 people were treated at Mercy Hospital in Springfield for fireworks-related injuries, up from seven in 2012. Patients ranged in age from 5 to 78.

If families have their own fireworks, professionals recommend being cautious and following these tips:

•Never allow young children to play with fireworks, including sparklers.

•Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close adult supervision. Do not allow any running or horseplay.

•Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass and flammable materials.

•Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that don’t go off.

•Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.

•Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

•Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.

•Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.

•Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.

•Observe local laws.

•Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.

•Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.

•Parents should supervise the ordering and use of mail-order “make your own” fireworks kits.

•If you suffer an injury, seek medical attention right away.

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