So you are probably thinking, “what’s with the bucket?” No, it’s not for sand castles, car washing, or rock collecting, but it might be the most important purchase you make before Independence Day hits. According to the National Council of Firework Safety you should keep a bucket of water handy to douse used sparklers or fireworks—make it a rule: all spent fireworks and sparklers in the bucket. I reckon that bucket might be used to put out any unwanted blazes, too. Keep sparklers away from the house and vehicles, and make sure children under the age of 12 do not handle sparklers. NEVER light a sparkler or firework indoors. For more safety tips and information on firework safety, check out the NCFS website. The 4th should be a day of celebration, so enjoy it, and stay safe!

National Council on Firework Safety