Nancy Nord, Consumer Product Safety Com.: "Last year 9,800 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries and more than half of those injuries occurred in the one month period of time surrounding the 4th of July. In addition the CPSC is aware of 11 deaths associated with fireworks last year alone."
The consumer product safety commission warns families, don't allow children to play with or ignite fireworks and make sure there is adult supervision for children allowed to hold sparklers.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy to douse any flames and to dispose of used fireworks after they've been exploded.
If a firework fails, don't try to re-light it or pick it up and never point a firework at another person.