Nashville, 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»
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, 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»
Tennessee Department of Agriculture reminds Tennesseans that Burn Permits required through May 15th, 2014
Record low number of fires in 2013
Nashville, 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»
Clarksville, 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»
Clarksville, 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.
Clarksville, TN – Sunday morning, January 26th, 2014 at 7:07am, the Clarksville Police Department responded to a structure fire at 875 Richardson Street. Montgomery County EMS and Clarksville Fire and Rescue were on scene.
The first responding Officer for the CPD stated there was significant fire damage to the residence.
Then, at 07:18am, the Clarksville Police Department responded to an arson fire to a Business, Government, Church, etc. at 1201 Greenfield Drive. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Whether your New Year’s plans involve a cozy night at home or a big night out on the town, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is hoping you add fire safety to the celebration agenda.
“No matter where you choose to celebrate the new year, be sure to do it safely,” says Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Leave fireworks to the professionals and have emergency escape plans in place for not only your home, but for public venues as well.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees in their homes to take care 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 of more than 100 percent by keeping it in water significantly reduces the chance that its needles will dry out and pose a fire hazard,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says.
Alternate heating sources often cause fatal fires
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak wants to remind Tennesseans to be cautious in the use of alternate heat sources.
“The colder weather means many people will begin to heat their homes with fireplaces, woodstoves and space heaters,” said McPeak. “Cold weather months typically have a higher number of accidental fire injuries and deaths due to the use of these alternate heat sources.”
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