ATLANTA -- It's a tradition for many families on the Fourth of July, but experts warn sparklers aren't as safe as they seem.
"They are 1,800 degrees fahrenheit," said Dr. Stuart Tasman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. "The embers that come off of those get into the eye and burn. So it's very very important that we use prudent care when dealing with sparklers."
He recommends several simple steps to stay safe:
*Wear protective eyewear
*Keep a hose or bucket of water handy nearby
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says fireworks-related accidents sent about 9,600 people to the emergency room last year.