Mount Pleasant, S.C. (July 3, 2023) - The Town of Mount Pleasant is urging residents and visitors to review laws regarding fireworks and follow all safety tips as they celebrate Independence Day.
“The ability to use fireworks is expressly granted by state law to all South Carolina citizens and therefore cannot be regulated by the Town of Mount Pleasant. We urge our residents to be courteous neighbors and refrain from setting off fireworks too late in the evening, or on multiple nights,” said Fire Chief Mike Mixon. “The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals. We invite residents and visitors to attend one of the many celebrations, held locally, including the Fourth of July Fireworks Blast at Patriots Point.”
Thousands of serious fireworks-related incidents typically injure eyes, heads, and hands each year in the United States. A great majority of these injuries are inflicted on children under 15. Firecrackers, sparklers, and bottle rockets are the leading contributors to these injuries.
“If you decide to set off fireworks this holiday, follow these important safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration,” added Chief Mike Mixon.
FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS
o Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers considered by many the ideal “safe” firework for the young can easily ignite clothing.
o Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
o Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never shoot a firework at or near another person.
o Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
o Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
o Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.
o Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.
o Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas.
o Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions.
o Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting.
o Don’t experiment with homemade fireworks.
FIREWORKS DISPOSAL METHOD (SWD)
o SOAK: Take any unused, misfired, or spent fireworks and soak them completely in a bucket of water. Soaking them overnight is recommended.
o WRAP: Once fireworks are wet throughout, drain excess water and place them into a resealable plastic bag to help maintain moisture. This prevents them from drying out again.
o DISPOSE: Fireworks are not considered household hazardous waste and can be placed in your garbage container for removal. Fireworks should not be placed in recycling or yard waste containers.