Coronavirus safety concerns have led to a lot of cancelled plans this summer, and this includes public fireworks displays. These cancellations have led to a major uptick in firework purchases by people wanting to host their own displays at home, according to owner of Fireworks Masters, Kevin Carpenter.
“Business started early, and it has doubled from what it was in the past,” Carpenter explained. “I think that the canceling of the fireworks displays has raised consumer fireworks sales… I also think people are just pent up and ready to do something and get out and fireworks are going to give them that kind of emotional charge they are looking for.”
What Are the Fireworks Restrictions in Charleston?
Fireworks are illegal in Charleston city limits. However, in Charleston County and Mount Pleasant, lighting them is legal.
In North Charleston, fireworks may be lit from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; this timeframe is extended to 1:00 a.m. on Independence Day. In James Island, fireworks may be set off from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Keep Hearing Health in Mind
It’s important to obey fireworks laws in order to keep people and their properties safe, but most do not think about possible hearing loss when they enjoy a fireworks display. Follow the tips below to keep your ears safe this Fourth of July:
Maintain a Safe Distance
The further you are from a sound source, the less dangerous it is. Remaining 500 feet from where fireworks are being set off will give you a great view without inflicting damage on your hearing system.
Skip the Home Display
Even though community displays are being cancelled across the country, friends and neighbors have been buying fireworks in bulk, according to Carpenter. You can peruse the neighborhood to find a firework show, as long as you keep social distancing guidelines in mind to stay safe from coronavirus.
If you do choose to have your own display, or you have a hard time finding a good viewing spot from a safe distance, it’s important to wear earplugs or earmuffs to protect your ears. Inexpensive foam earplugs can be purchased in drugstores and work well for adults. Earmuffs are better for small children, as they tend to fit better and earplugs can be a choking hazard.
Pay Attention to dB Outputs
If you buy your own fireworks, look for ones with a lower decibel output. All fireworks come with a noise level rating; talk to the vendor to find which ones are safest for you and your family’s ears.
For more information about healthy hearing habits or to schedule a hearing test, call the experts at the Charleston ENT Hearing & Balance Center today.