McKINNEY, Texas (June 29, 2015) –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 is 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 or its ETJ will be immediately confiscated, and violators could be fined up to $2,000 for each offense.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) nearly 11,000 Americans were injured in fireworks-related incidents in 2014, with more than 60% of these injuries occurring around July 4th. More than half of the reported injuries involved burns to the hands, head, face and ears. Sparklers, bottle rockets and novelties – fireworks that are frequently and incorrectly considered safe for young children – account for a large number of emergency room visits.
“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 Dwayne Henderson.
For more information on fireworks or other safety topics, contact the McKinney Fire Department at 972-547-2850 or visit www.mckinneyfire.org.
City of McKinney Press Release