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Fireworks safety stressed this July 4th

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Van Gladney owner of SuperShow Fireworks loves the Fourth of July and the business it brings.

"They're buying the big stuff early and then the smaller stuff the closer we get to the Fourth of July," says Gladney.

Still, Gladney wants his customers to be safe, and use his products properly.

"99 percent of fireworks injuries are caused by misuse of the fireworks themselves," Gladney says.

The most common injuries seen in emergency rooms and burn centers are caused by sparklers and bottle rockets.

Kelly Pinion-Smith, educator for the burn center of Children's of Alabama says the center sees more cases in the days after the Fourth of July, when children get into leftover fireworks.

"Any leftover fireworks, we encourage parents to use up the fireworks on the Fourth of July or make sure they're stowed away from children," says Pinion-Smith.

Gladney recommends having a shooting safety kit for anyone using fireworks.

For under twenty dollars, you can have everything you need.

-An empty bucket, you fill it up with water, in case of a ground fire around you.

-Safety goggles and earplugs, everyone should have when shooting off fireworks

-A punk stick

For more safety information, you can visit the national council on fireworks safety site.