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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Safety

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As the holiday countdown continues, many of us begin making our plans for New Year’s Eve. Whether you go out to one of the many local events throughout the area or stay home and celebrate with family or friends, most of us look forward to the big countdown to ring in the New Year. Fireworks are often part of the plan for both public and private events, and while they certainly add to the festivities, they are not without dangers. Firework-related injuries are common over the New Year holiday, and can cause serious damage. When making your holiday plans, be sure to remain aware of the dangers fireworks can pose, as well as the laws regulating the sale and display of fireworks in your area.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July are the most common times of the year for fireworks injuries. While there are generally a variety of public fireworks displays to choose from, many people prefer to buy and set off their own. In planning your own display, remember to use extreme caution. Fireworks are explosive devices, and can cause serious injuries and even death. Common fireworks related injuries include burns, cuts and lacerations, and eye injuries. The CDC recommends following these safety tips when setting off fireworks:

  • Do not allow young children to play with or set off fireworks
  • Be careful, the fireworks you buy are meant for private not public displays
  • Make sure fireworks are safely and properly positioned before lighting
  • Keep a safe distance from any fireworks display you are viewing
  • Have a water source handy in the event of fire

Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. If you plan on drinking this New Year’s Eve, either do not set off fireworks or put a sober person in charge of lighting them. Call 911 immediately if there are any injuries.

South Carolina Laws Regarding Fireworks

The South Carolina Board of Pyrotechnic Safety regulates the sale and use of fireworks in the state. While any resident over the age of 16 is permitted to buy fireworks, setting them off is another story. The laws regarding fireworks displays are somewhat erratic throughout the state, with some areas allowing them while others do not. Some places make exceptions for holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s, knowing that fireworks are part of the fun for those festivities. While fireworks are prohibited in the City of Charleston, they are permitted in areas throughout Charleston County. At the same time, many homeowners’ associations have by laws strictly prohibiting their use. If you are unsure of where your community stands on fireworks, contact your HOA or your local police department.

Call Akim for Help Today

If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in an accident or as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior, contact the Akim Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury and car accident attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation necessary to assist in you in getting the compensation you deserve. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, call us today for a free review of your case.

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