When it’s the Fourth of July there’s nothing you want more than to watch colorful explosions in the sky.

There are a few things you should definitely keep in mind before getting your firework show started, however. From the National Council on Fireworks Safety, don’t forget...:

Follow all local laws regarding firework use. Check local government websites and fire department tips to make sure you're abiding by city and county laws.

Fireworks should only be used outdoors. Fireworks should be shot in a clear area far away from trees or foliage, vehicles and buildings. 

Don’t relight. If a firework doesn’t go off wait 20 minutes before soaking it in water and disposing of it in a metal trashcan. 

Do not make your own fireworks. This is not a Pinterest DIY. Additionally, be sure to read all directions on packaged fireworks thoroughly before igniting. 

Don’t pocket that. A bad way to carry fireworks is in your pocket. 

A little protection goes a long way. You might not be coolest kid at the firework show if you don safety goggles, but you’ll be the safest and that’s cool! 

Keep your fur buddies safe, too. Pets and fireworks do not mix. On top of the noise, which can cause many pets distress, you risk injuring an animal that gets in the way of the show. Check out these tips for keeping your dog safe during fireworks.

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