With the Fourth of July only a few weeks away, it's time to think about the safe use of Maryland legal fireworks.
If your holiday plans include using sparklers or ground-based fountains, always remember the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks (www.fireworkssafety.org):
•Never let small children use fireworks of any kind.
•Be sure to closely supervise older children when they light fireworks.
•Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Designate a sober adult to light the fireworks.
•Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy to douse used sparklers and fountains.
•Soak used fireworks with water and dispose of them in a metal trash can.
•Always wear safety glasses when using fireworks.
•Teach children not to wave sparklers or run while holding them.
Following these safety tips will keep your holiday celebration safe and enjoyable.
Jack Leonard, Lutherville
The writer is vice president of the National Council on Fireworks Safety.