New Year's Eve is just around the corner, and with that come the fireworks. While State Fire Marshal Butch Browning would rather we all go see a public fireworks display where professionals run the show, he offers some common sense tips for those of us who'll be getting our own.

Keep a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby in case fireworks misfire.

Never light fireworks in your hands. Browning says they should be lit on a hard, smooth surface.

And of course, never point or throw fireworks at anyone.