4th of July weekend is here! A great mid-summer holiday to celebrate our nation's independence and enjoy everything that's summer. We thought we would give you a few things to think about to make sure nobody ends up hurt or worse. So here are your 4th of July safety tips!

1. Observe local laws.

2. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

3. Read and follow all warnings and instructions.

4. Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.

5. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.

Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.

6. Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.

7. Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.

Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.

Also! If you are new at satisfying man's desire to burn meat then you should also take a look at these grilling tips!

1. Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

2. Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

3. Keep, matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.

4. Keep children and pets away from the grill area: declare a three-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.

5. Use long barbeque mitts and long-handled grilling tools to protect the chef from heat and flames when cooking.

6. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.

To find out more you can check out the  FEMA website fire safety for kids !