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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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U.S. Department of Agriculture offers Barbecue and Food Safety Tips

 

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, D.C. – Cooking outdoors was once only a summer activity shared with family and friends. Now more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round.

So whether the snow is blowing or the sun is shining brightly, it’s important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing foodborne illness.

Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

Outdoor cooking.

Outdoor cooking.

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Chrysler recalls over 600,000 Vehicles because switch can overheat causing possible fire hazard

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSAWashington, D.C. – Chrysler Group, LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles manufactured August 25th, 2010, through October 31st, 2013.

The affected vehicles may experience overheating of the vent window switch in the driver’s door armrest.

2014 Chrysler Town and Country is one of the models being recalled by Chrysler.

2014 Chrysler Town and Country is one of the models being recalled by Chrysler.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Promotes Wildfire Preparedness

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Tennessee is known for its dynamic landscape and residents often choose to take advantage of its natural beauty by building homes in or near forests, rural areas, or on mountain sites. These remote locations, though beautiful, come with an increased threat of wildfire.

“Wildfires often begin unnoticed,” Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now, before a wildfire starts. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Be Prepared, Home escape plans save lives

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households estimate that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home became life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Home Medical Oxygen

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN The presence of portable, medical oxygen in Tennessee homes has grown over the past decade, and so has the need for education about the fire hazards associated with its use. Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air a patient breathes. If a fire starts in an oxygen-enriched area, the material affected will burn more quickly.

“When more oxygen is present, any fire that starts will burn hotter and faster than usual,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “Tennessee has seen an influx of preventable fires involving medical oxygen. It is crucial to follow safety precautions when medical oxygen is in use in a home.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture reminds Tennesseans that Burn Permits required through May 15th, 2014

 

Record low number of fires in 2013

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – With Spring drawing near, Tennesseans begin to take advantage of the mild weather to do some outdoor work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind citizens that if they are considering doing outdoor burning, a burn permit is required.

In 2013, the Division of Forestry recorded the lowest number of wildland fires since 1927. There were a total of 639 wildfires that burned 9,033 acres (lowest burned acreage was 7,110 in 2003). Increased efforts in fire prevention and suppression contributed to this record low, and landowners getting burn permits to conduct safe debris burning played a major role in that effort. «Read the rest of this article»

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Investigators seek information on Dunlop Lane fire

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in the investigation of a fire that decimated a barn on Dunlop lane.

The fire occurred between Rollow Lane and the Hickory Wild Subdivision in a barn, where hundreds of hay bales caught on fire. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Fire Rescue responds to Kitchen Fire at 555 Stratford Way

 

Clarksville Fire RescueClarksville, TN – On February 3rd, 2014 at 3:13pm units from Clarksville Fire Rescue Station 1, Station 3 and Station 8 responded to a kitchen fire at 555 Stratford Way.

Upon arrival heavy smoke was visible coming from the home. A water supply was established and an interior attack was made.

The fire was extinguished within five minutes.

Heavy smoke coming out of a house on Stratford Way in Clarksville.

Heavy smoke coming out of a house on Stratford Way in Clarksville.

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