Firework safety tips ahead of Fourth of July holiday

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, many are stocking up on one of the biggest ways to celebrate- fireworks.

However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that more than 200 people end up in the emergency room every day for firework-related injuries throughout the month of July.

WITN News is reminding you of safety tips to make sure you are not one of them:

-Only poppers, sparklers, fountains or other novelty items that don't explode, spin, leave the ground, or shoot into the sky are legal without a permit
-Always read through all of the instructions before setting off legal fireworks
-Set off fireworks away from a home, building or brush
-Light fireworks in an open space and on pavement
-Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of an emergency
-Don't wear loose clothing
-Never let children handle fireworks
-Store fireworks in cool, dry place
-Never point fireworks at people or pets
-If your firework does not light up, do not relight it. Instead, wait 20 minutes before soaking it in water and disposing of it in a metal trash can

Although legal fireworks are not as grand scale as aerial displays, they can still be just as harmful.

Most recent reports from the National Fire Association show that the most common cause of firework-related injuries are caused by sparklers.