VIDEO: First responders warn of the risks when handling fireworks ahead of the fourth of July holiday. Metro firefighters are already preparing to respond to accidents.
The National Fire Administration states nearly 10,000 people head to the emergency room every year to treat a fireworks-related injury.
Omaha Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Dan Stolinski said adults should avoid using alcohol while handling fireworks and keep personal safety equipment nearby.
"A lot of these injuries that occur are the hands, head and face," said Stolinski. "And, a lot of the bad injuries are the eyes, so eye protection is really important."
In Omaha, you must be at least 16 years old to handle fireworks. Firefighters also want parents to supervise kids playing with sparklers, which can cause severe burns.
Stolinski said it is also important to pay attention to the weather conditions. When disposing fireworks, Stolinski recommends watering all trash cans and grassy areas.