CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Fireworks on the Fourth of July are a tradition no matter where you live in the United States.
With the holiday approaching, the State Fire Marshal is offering tips on how to keep everyone safe.
"You cannot take safety for granted when it comes to fireworks," says State Marshal Bert Polk. "We want everyone to have fun, but safety precautions must come first."
The agency gives the following tips:
- If you choose to buy fireworks, be sure to monitor the weather as dry conditions can make it easier for them to start a fire
- Always shoot off fireworks outside, away from homes, dry grass, and trees
- Always light one firework off at a time, and keep a safe distance away
- Be sure to never carry fireworks in your pocket, or throw fireworks at people
- Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
- Put used fireworks in a bucket of water, keep a garden hose on hand
- Never let children operate fireworks
- Always observe local laws. If you aren’t sure, check with local officials
- Only buy fireworks from permitted retailers
South Carolina state law prohibits fireworks from being sold to anyone younger than 16 years old, officials say.
"There are hundreds of permitted professional fireworks displays available to South Carolinians to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday," Polk adds. "Residents can consult their local fire officials for firework displays in their area."