The Firemen's Association of the State of New York is reminding residents that fireworks are illegal in the state and are urging Fourth of July celebrants to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.
The organization, which represents volunteer firefighters, says that more fires are reported on July 4 than on any other day of the year.
The association says fireworks are responsible for thousands of injuries each year, and notes that 60 percent of all fireworks injuries happen in the weeks immediately before and after Independence Day.
According to the association even sparklers can be dangerous because their high temperatures can cause third-degree burns.
The group also cautions residents that fireworks can alarm pets and urges people to leave their dogs at home during fireworks shows.