From Staff Reports

With the Fourth of July nearing us, the Prosper Fire Department wants to remind all residents of an ordinance that prohibits possession, and or the discharge of fireworks anywhere within the Town of Prosper and the ETJ (extra territorial jurisdiction) of the town, without first obtaining a permit, and providing proof of a bond.

This includes any piece of property from Custer Road west over to FM 1385, and from U.S. 380 north up to Frontier Pkwy, and all property in between. The ordinance is applicable to all property within these boundaries. Town limits, ETJ, Denton County, Collin County and any property within 5000’ of Town limits. If a person is found in violation of this ordinance, they may be issued a citation, and if proven guilty, could face fines up to $2000 for each offense.

The Prosper Fire Department wishes everyone a safe; and happy 4th of July, and hopes everyone understands these restrictions are in the best interests of public safety.

According to the National Fire Protection Association Executive Summary:

n In 2011, 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

n The trend in fireworks-related injuries has been mostly in the range of 8,500 to 9,800 since 1997.

n More than one-quarter (26%) of the victims of fireworks injuries in 2011 were under age 15. In an uncharacteristic year, the highest rates of injuries per million population applied to a wide range of ages, including children aged 5 to 19 and adults aged 25 to 44. Males accounted for two-thirds (68%) of fireworks injuries.

n Three of five (61%) fireworks injuries in 2011 were to extremities – hand or finger (46%), leg (11%), and arm, shoulder, or wrist (4%). Most of the rest (34% of total) were to parts of the head, including the eye (17% of total).

n In 2011, eight out of nine (89%) emergency room fireworks injuries involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to use. Sparklers, fountains, and novelties alone accounted for more than one-third (34%) of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Fires involving fireworks

In 2011, an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.

During 2007-2011, 91% of the average of 19,700 fires associated with fireworks per year occurred outside any structure or vehicle. The largest numbers of these outdoor fires associated with fireworks involved grass fires (6,800 per year), brush fires (4,500), dumpster fires (1,700), unclassified or unknown-type natural or vegetation fires (1,300) and other outside trash, rubbish, or waste fires (1,200).

In 2007-2011, four people per year were killed in fires started by fireworks, while data from death certificates show that five people per year were killed directly by fireworks. These estimates may overlap, because fireworks can directly kill someone while also starting a fatal fire.

Using 2000-2010 data, the risk of fire death relative to hours of usage is higher for fireworks than for cigarettes. On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

If you have any questions please contact the Prosper Fire Department at 972-346-9469 or visit the Town’s website at www.prospertx.gov to view a complete copy of the ordinance.