Modena Fire Company Urges Caution Around use of Fire Work Heading into 4th of July Celebrations
By Board Member Frank Dowlin
July 1, 2024

The Modena Fire Company urges caution around use of Fire Work this upcoming 4th of July.

In 2023 fireworks started more than 18,500 fire causing $43 million in direct property damages, additionally Fireworks were involved with an estimated 9,700 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during the calendar year of 2023.

This year the area has been hit with extreme heat for the past few weeks and the Independence Day forecast look to be the same, this heat has the ground extremely dry and the littlest of sparks could cause a fire.

We here at Modena certainly enjoy a good party and don’t want to put a damper on yours, we just want to urge you to do it safely so the we can enjoy our day with the family and not have to join your parties unexpectedly.

Tips to Celebrate Safely:

• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
• Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
• Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
• Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
• Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
• Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
• After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

Fireworks Safety Tips for Pets:

Lots of pets suffer from some sort of anxiety or fear. All animals have very acute hearing and with loud bangs and whistles which can cause them a lot of stress and pain. With some planning ahead, you can ensure your pet will enjoy the holiday just as much as you do:

• Best option for pets is to keep them inside when fireworks are being ignited. Make sure they have somewhere to hide. You can put blankets or towels around their cage, crate or even a table so they can feel safe.
• Turn on radio with soothing music or tv, but not too loud. To help block out some of the noise.
• If you will be outside with your pet an anxiety vest may work. If you do not have one, a snuggly fitting tee shirt can also help.
• Keep your pet on a leash when outside and make sure they are micro chipped. The fireworks my startle them and run to find shelter.
• You can prepare your pet by playing fireworks noises softly, while giving them treats. Gradually increase the volume as they become more comfortable.
• Exercise your dog earlier in the day so that they are tired and relaxed in the evening.