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Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office reports Fire Mortality Rate in Tennessee Drops to Historic Low in 2014

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) has announced that fewer accidental fire-related fatalities occurred in 2014 than in any year in recorded Tennessee history, based on a preliminary examination of all available historic fire records and data by SFMO specialists.

State fire records show that 72 accidental fire deaths occurred in Tennessee during 2014 which compares to 98 similar fire fatalities in 2013. The 2014 figure represents a 27 percent year-to-year decrease compared to 2013, and a 51 percent decrease compared to 2003’s 146 fire fatalities, which was the highest total for fire-related deaths in the previous 14-year sample period. Final fire fatality figures for 2014 are still pending. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office says be Weather Wise about Fire Safety during Winter’s Coldest Months

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - As winter weather rolls through the Volunteer State leaving a trail of frozen pipes, power outages and house fires in its wake, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.

“Brutally cold weather can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the devastation that can accompany frigid temperatures.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Fire Safety for Christmas Trees

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees to keep them in water because of the fire risk posed when they are allowed to dry out.

“Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree’s moisture content by keeping it in water significantly reduces the chance that its needles will dry out and pose a fire hazard,” said Gary West, deputy commissioner of the Fire Prevention Division, Department of Commerce and Insurance.

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State Farm Insurance says Thanksgiving Day sees twice the Grease and Cooking Fires

 

State Farm® urges consumers to be cautious when frying a turkey

State Farm®Bloomington, IL – More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. According to State Farm claims data from 2005-2009, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.

With the popularity of turkey frying increasing, U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage each year.

Oil splatters out of a fryer, causing a burst of smoke and flames that can easily burn a house, or even worse, an adult or child.

Oil splatters out of a fryer, causing a burst of smoke and flames that can easily burn a house, or even worse, an adult or child.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office gives Safety Tips for the Turkey Fryer

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather and enjoy a festive day of good food and thanks. For the chief cook, it is a time to show your best dish and wow your hungry guests. It is important to take precautions when preparing a delicious meal especially if you are using a turkey fryer.

Outdoor, gas-fueled fryers cook up juicy turkeys in a fraction of the time it takes to roast one in an indoor oven.

Oil splatters out of a fryer, causing a burst of smoke and flames that can easily burn a house, or even worse, an adult or child.

Oil splatters out of a fryer, causing a burst of smoke and flames that can easily burn a house, or even worse, an adult or child.

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officer reports pursuit ends in crash

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOMontgomery County, TN – A Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy pursued a vehicle late Friday night arising from a traffic violation. During the course of the pursuit, Deputy Chris Bedell recognized the driver as matching the description of a man wanted in reference to an armed robbery in Clarksville.

Additionally, the suspect threw from the vehicle what was later recovered as a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Reminds Tennesseans to Stay Ahead of the Cold Weather

 

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office: “Stay ahead of the cold snap”

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN –  Did you know that when the first cold snap of the fall season occurs, a wave of home fires usually follows? The State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging Tennesseans to take fire safety precautions now in preparation for the colder nights making way into the state.

“With colder temperatures come more opportunities for residential fires,” says State Fire Marshal Gary West. “We begin using heating sources that have been dormant for many months, and this can lead to fire safety issues. Prepare for the heating season early to reduce your family’s risk of a home fire.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West Announces “Close the Door” Campaign

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – “Close the Door!” That is what Gary West, State Fire Marshal, is telling Tennesseans in an effort to save more lives if a fire should occur.

“A door is one of the best pieces of firefighting and lifesaving equipment,” said Gary West. “If you leave a room that is on fire, simply closing the door behind you can be the best decision you make.”

Closing the door reduces fire growth and spread, limits damage to your home and could possibly save lives.

“Close the Door” Campaign announced by Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West.

“Close the Door” Campaign announced by Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West.

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NASA reports International Space Station experiments with Fire in Zero Gravity

 

Written by Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Fire is inanimate, yet anyone staring into a flame could be excused for thinking otherwise: Fire dances and swirls. It reproduces, consumes matter, and produces waste. It adapts to its environment. It needs oxygen to survive.

In short, fire is uncannily lifelike.

Nowhere is this more true than onboard a spaceship.

Unlike flames on Earth, which have a tear-drop shape caused by buoyant air rising in a gravitational field, flames in space curl themselves into tiny balls.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says be Grill Savvy and Fire Safe this Summer

 

Make sure the only thing going up in smoke is dinner! 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – It is summer in Tennessee and that means its grilling time for many residents. Although, outdoor cooking is a long-cherished tradition for most families, it also increases the possibility of fire-related incidents and injuries.

Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires.

Outdoor Grilling

Outdoor Grilling

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