CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Fire Department would like to remind the community of the rules and regulations regarding fireworks in the City and provide safety tips and information for a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.
City Ordinance Sec. 13-191 prohibits the use, sale, possession, and discharge of any fireworks within the City of Charleston. Smaller items such as sparklers, snap-pops, or similar are not regulated as fireworks materials and are permissible.
Fireworks displays must be conducted by a licensed operator with an approved permit.
Fireworks can have life-altering effects on consumers and most injuries are preventable. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission: ?
- Between June 20th and July 20th an average of 230 people a day go the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries. ?
- 36% of the injuries sustained were to the hands and fingers. ?
- 38% of the injuries were reported to the head, face, eyes, and ears. ?
- 74% of the injuries were to males, 26% to females. ?
- 47% of the injuries occurred to people under the age of 20. ?
- 35% of the injuries occurred to people under the age of 15. ?
- Sparklers are often viewed as a harmless item, but they can reach temperatures exceeding 1,000 degree Fahrenheit and accounted for 19% of the fireworks injuries. ?
- Sparklers may cause third-degree burns, will retain heat, and can cause fires.
The Charleston Fire Department would like to encourage you to attend a professional fireworks display to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities.
Should you attend other functions or events that include fireworks please practice a few simple safety tips: ?
- Sparklers can burn and must be used under careful supervision – keep them at arm’s length, away from combustibles, and dispose of properly. ?
- Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time and keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and another person. ?
- Always wear closed-toe shoes when using sparklers or other fireworks. ?
- Do not allow young children to handle fireworks. ?
- Never fire or launch items at another individual or structure. ?
- Never discharge fireworks in a home or structure. ?
- Dry brush and debris may ignite easily.
Remember, in the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.