The Alabama Department of Public Health and a federal agency is once again urging Alabamians to use caution and common sense when it comes to fireworks on the Fourth of July.
According to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, eight people were killed by fireworks accidents last year.
In 2004, some 6,600 people were injured in the month-long period before and after the nation's birthday.
The report says 40 percent of the injuries were suffered by children under the age of 15. Almost half the injuries came from garden variety fire crackers, sparklers and rockets.
Safety tips from the CPSC include never pointing fireworks at another person and lighting one item at a time before moving back quickly.
On the Net: Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov