With Independence Day right around the corner, I would like to remind our residents to keep safety a top priority while celebrating.

Did you know that according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July Fourth holiday?

Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks.

Those risks include burns, other injuries, fires and even death.

According to the most recent report of fireworks incidents from the product safety commission, there were 11,100 consumers injured and treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2016 and four died as a result of direct impact from fireworks.

Children younger than 5 years old had the second highest rate of injury behind young adults ages 20 to 24.

Many of the fireworks injuries were a result of misuse or malfunction of fireworks.

Misuse of fireworks includes mischief and lighting fireworks inside a body part or hand. Malfunction of fireworks includes fireworks straying off course, short fuses, blowouts and fragment pieces and tip-over incidents.

So how can you stay safe while still having fun this holiday? The Washington Township Fire Department offers the following tips:

* Remember that the only fireworks approved to be lighted in the state of Ohio are trick and novelty devices such as smoke bombs, sparklers, snaps and glow snakes.

* Follow the label directions on the trick and novelty device packaging.

* Never allow young children to handle fireworks.

* Keep a source of water nearby.

* Maintain a safe distance from other people, occupied structures and flammable materials.

* Never use fireworks while impaired.

* If someone does get burned, run cool water over the wound for two to three minutes and seek medical attention when necessary.

Both the Fire Protection Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommend fireworks be used only by professionals.

The best way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.

The city of Dublin always has one of the best professional fireworks displays in central Ohio, and this year will be no exception.

Our Independence Day Celebration will begin Wednesday, July 4 at 8 a.m. with the annual Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby followed by the parade at 11 a.m. and the evening celebration with Doc Robinson and Sheryl Crow at 4:30 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to get underway at 9:50 p.m.

I hope you'll join us for all of the fun. You can find more information about the day's activities by visiting dublinohiousa.gov/independence-day-celebration.

However you choose to celebrate our freedom this Fourth of July, please do so safely and responsibly.

Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel submitted the City Manager's Notes column.