May your Fourth-of-July be happy and injury free!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there were 9,500 fireworks-related emergency room visits last year.

It's no surprise that more men than women get hurt and the top firework to protect your child from is a bottle rocket.  They fire up to 200 mph, explode mid-air and in multiple directions causing a ton of eye injuries.

The second most common injury is from my favorite firework ... sparklers!  Apparently, each wand can get up to 1,800 degrees once it's fully burning, which is hot enough to melt gold.  Yikes!!

So, no matter how tempted you are to light up a bottle rocket or run free with a sparkler ... make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get out of the way if anything unexpectedly explodes, have a bucket nearby to douse your sparkler, and it may even be a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand.