(WBNG) -- Before you have some Fourth of July fun, firefighting officials have advice and tips they say could make all the difference.
The Firemans' Association of the State of New York represents firefighters from every part of our state. The organization told 12 News Friday more than half of all fires on Independence Day stem from fireworks.
Even something seemingly safe like a sparkler burns at 2000F, which can easily lead to out-of-control fires in your home or grassy spaces.
That's why the organization is asking people to leave fireworks to the professionals.
"We ask people not to use fireworks themselves, on a personal level or at their homes," said John D'Alessandro, the association secretary. "We strongly urge people to see professionally done shows in public areas."
D'Alessandro said because people will still buy fireworks and use them individually, he has a few tips: never allow children to use them unsupervised, including sparklers and other ground-based fireworks, and always have a bucket of water ready to put the used fireworks in to make sure they don't reignite later.