Before you fire up your own backyard fireworks spectacular, it's probably a good idea to do a quick refresher of safety tips and what kinds of fireworks are illegal in the state of Illinois. 

The National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these tips to insure a safe 4th of July celebration for your family:

  • Always read and follow label directions.
  • Have an adult present.
  • Buy from reliable sellers.
  • Use outdoors only.
  • Always have water handy (a garden hose and a bucket).
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never re-light a "dud" firework (wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water).
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • If necessary, store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trashcan.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
  • Stay away from illegal explosives.

For a refresher on Illinois Fireworks laws go here.

One last note, don't forget that punching a hole in the bottom of a solo cup or paper plate sliding a sparkler through it for holding will protect little hands from sparks.

Happy 4th ya'll! Hope it's a safe and happy one for all!