The McKinney Fire Department urges residents to enjoy fireworks safely this Fourth of July by attending local sanctioned fireworks shows like the Red, White and BOOM! celebration, presented by trained professionals who adhere to strict safety codes. Possession, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of McKinney and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).
Illegal fireworks include anything designed to produce a visible and audible effect by ignition with a match or other heat-producing device. Sparklers, fire crackers and roman candles are examples of illegal fireworks. Fireworks found within the city limits of McKinney will be immediately confiscated, and violators could be fined up to $2,000 for each offense.
National agencies reported nine deaths, more than 7,000 people injured and an estimated 9,000 hospital emergency room treated injuries in the U.S. from 2008 to 2009. The age groups most affected were children ages 5 to 9 and teens ages 15 to 19. Sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for 32 percent of emergency room fireworks injuries in 2009. In 2008, there were more than 22,500 fires reported to have been started by fireworks resulting in almost $ 42 million dollars in direct property damage and almost 3 times that in indirect damages.
“Fireworks safety is not a supervision issue. A fireworks injury happens in the blink of an eye, whether or not a parent or other responsible adult is present. The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals. Celebrate Independence Day safely at Red, White and BOOM!,” said McKinney Fire Marshal John Nickles.
Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-547-2879 for more information on fireworks safety or visit www.mckinneyfire.org.