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Mokena Takes Special Precautions for Dry Conditions on Fourth of July

The Village and Park District, which are cosponsoring Mokena's Fourth of July fireworks, are taking precautions to ensure no stray embers cause a fire at Main Park.

The recent dry weather and extreme temperatures have sparked concern among the and the , who hope to keep the  fire-free.

Starting Monday, July 2, the Park District will begin moisturizing the fall-out zone at , where the Fourth of July fireworks show will take place in Mokena. The area, which is located near the disk golf course, is relatively green right now, said Park District Executive Director Jim Romanek, but the precaution is not unheard of in the area.

“The Village and the Park District are working together to ensure the area is properly moisturized,” Romanek said. “To try to prevent, to make sure there's not sparks or any embers, there's no fires. We are going to be taking precautions.”

Romanek added that the Village and the Park District will have extra spotters out this year, to help ensure no flare-ups occur.

Mokena Chief Howard Stephens said that the fire district will also have firefighters present and at the ready at the fireworks.

“Historically, we’re always on scene at the fireworks,” Stephens said. “We always have a crew there and our fire marshal is always there as well, watching what's going on.”

He added that residents should follow one major tip when planning their Fourth of July festivities.

“We just encourage everybody to leave the fireworks to the professionals,” Stephens said.

He added that firework safety is key to having a safe—and fun—Fourth of July.

The fireworks show at will begin around dusk, on July 4. 

Steve Pollak June 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
The Park District is "moisturizing" the grass? What are they using, Pond's Hand Lotion?
Jeff Graveline June 28, 2012 at 06:56 PM
That's the term officials used. They're going to water down the grass throughout the week, starting Monday. That plan could change though, if it rains this weekend. But, they're expecting to water down the "fallout area" so as not to spark a fire.
Noah June 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM
http://www.mokena.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=94 Will they be watering on odd or even days?

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