July 4th Safety Tips
The Madison County Fire Department would like to ensure everyone’s Independence
Day is filled with celebration and not regret with these 10 fire safety tips,
1. Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them.
2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to
play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of
emergency room fireworks injuries.
3. If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or
4. If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water
then throw them away.
5. Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one that is glass or metal.
6. Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under
branches or overhangs.
7. Open your gas grill before lighting.
8. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill
so it cannot be ignited.
9. Declare a three-foot "kid and pet-free zone" around the grill to keep them safe.
10. Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.
Madison County Fire Officials are also reminding residents that fireworks are illegal in
Madison County. All common consumer grade fireworks, also referred to as Class C
fireworks, are not permitted for sale or use within the limits of Madison County as
defined in the adopted fire code, 2012 edition of the International Fire Code. We would
like to invite everyone out to the Firefighter’s Freedom Festival at the McKellar-Sipes
Regional Airport on July 4th. The gates open at 3pm and festivities include children’s
rides and activities, live entertainment and a professional fireworks display at 9pm. Any
questions, please call 731-424-5577.