Setting off fireworks during the summer is a strong American tradition. If you want to partake in this tradition, there are a few things you should know about buying and using fireworks so you can have fun and stay safe.

#1: Go to Permanent Retail Stores

When it comes to buying fireworks, it can be tempting to stop at the roadside stands that pop up everywhere in the summer. However, if you can, go to a permanent retail firework store instead. A permanent retail firework store is going to be able to accept your credit or debit card without any issue.

They will still be there after the holidays pass if you have issues with your purchase. In addition, they will be able to provide you with customer service year-round.

Most importantly, they keep all of their stock inside. That means you don't need to worry about how exposure to the elements, such as rain, may have impacted the fireworks. You will know that they were stored in a safe and dry place.

#2: Look for Advanced Colors

If you want to know if you are purchasing high-quality fireworks or if you are purchasing low-quality fireworks, pay attention to the color of the fireworks.

Low-quality fireworks come in basic colors such as red, green, silver, and gold. These are some of the easiest colors to manufacture. High-quality fireworks will have a wider array of colors, such as purple, lime, lemon, peach, pink, and orange. A wider variety of colors representing more advanced manufacturing techniques and often higher-quality fireworks.

#3: Be a Smart Shopper

When you're ready to buy fireworks, be a savvy shopper. Many fireworks stands will price match, and many will have coupons on-site that you can use or run coupons in the local paper that you can use. Many firework stores will also offer you coupons if you sign up for their email list.

Additionally, many firework stands will offer you discounts if you are buying in bulk. For example, if you will spend $500 on fireworks, the store may provide you with additional discounts you can't access if you are only spending $50 on fireworks.

#4: Be Safe

Finally, when it comes to setting off your fireworks, always put safety first. Choose a designed area to set off your fireworks. This area should offer a flat work surface, preferably cement or asphalt. It should also be located far away from trees or buildings. Keep flammable materials away from your launch site.

Always have a bucket of water nearby and a garden hose handy to deal with fires or flames. Douse all fireworks at the end of the night to ensure they are done. Never try to relight a firework that is a dud.

Buy fireworks from permanent storefronts when possible. Look for advanced colors if you want to purchase high-quality fireworks. Be a smart shopper and look for bargain opportunities. Always put safety first when lighting your fireworks.