Most fireworks are illegal on post and all can be dangerous.

Officials at Belvoir’s Fire and Emergency Services division want to ensure everyone on Belvoir prevents Independence Day festivities from turning into a tragedy.

Each Fourth of July, hundreds of children are permanently disfigured from fireworks burns.

Here’s what everyone should know:

• On Belvoir, all fireworks, including gold-label sparklers, are illegal to possess or discharge.

• Snap-and-pop noise makers, snakes and party poppers are the only fireworks authorized.

• Annually in the U.S., fireworks cause about 12 deaths, 2,000 serious eye injuries, and 5,000 other injuries, including amputated fingers.

• Although many mistakenly believe sparklers are safe, they burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly hot enough to melt gold.

Celebrate Wisely

• Teach children that fireworks are NOT toys. Explain the dangers of explosives and fireworks to them.

• Do not allow children to handle fireworks, including sparklers. Set a good example! Do not handle fireworks or sparklers yourself.

• Enjoy the thrill of fireworks and pyrotechnics at public displays by licensed professionals.

Be careful and have a safe and enjoyable holiday.