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Fireworks Safety

Consumer Fireworks

South Carolina state law prohibits fireworks from being sold to anyone younger than 16 years old. For those choosing to use consumer fireworks, the State Fire Marshal suggests these safety tips:

Before Igniting Consumer Fireworks

  • Observe local laws. If unsure whether it is legal to use fireworks, check with local officials.
  • Observe local weather conditions. Dry weather can make it easier for fireworks to start a fire.
  • Buy from permitted fireworks retailers.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.
  • Use common sense. Always read and follow the directions on each firework.
  • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.
  • Ensure people and pets are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Be careful when using sparklers as they burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees.

During and After Igniting Consumer Fireworks

  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak it in water and throw it away.
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly to a safe distance.
  • Put used fireworks in a bucket of water; keep a garden hose on hand.

For Further Information

Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Fireworks Safety Center: .

Click Here for Fireworks Injuries Poster

Jonathan Jones,   State Fire Marshal

141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203

(803) 896-9800 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. | Monday - Friday except   State Holidays

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