Fireworks are as American as the Fourth of July, but every year many people are injured by large and small pyrotechnics. In 1987, 9,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

While some of those injuries result from misuse of legal fireworks, many also result from use of illegal or homemade devices.

To help celebrate safely this July 4th, the Safety Commission and the National Council on Fireworks Safety offer these tips.

_ Always read and follow label directions.

_ Have an adult present.

_ Buy from reliable fireworks sellers.

_ Ignite outdoors.

_ Have water handy.

_ Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

_ Never give to small children.

_ Store in a cool, dry place and dispose of properly.

_ Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

_ Never throw fireworks at another person.

_ Never shoot them in metal or glass containers.

Federal law requires that all fireworks must show the name of the item and easy-to-read cautionary labeling and instructions for proper use.