Topic: House fire
Nashville, 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»
Nashville, TN – A smoke alarm installed through the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office “Get Alarmed Tennessee” smoke-alarm distribution program is credited with saving the lives of two people in Arlington, TN in the wake of a Wednesday house fire.
Floor mats kept too close to space heater ignited in a bathroom at the home at 11810 U.S. Highway 64 in Arlington on Wednesday and caused the blaze, which was extinguished by fire crews.
But a potentially tragic situation was avoided because the two homeowners who were asleep in the home at the time of the fire were awakened by their working smoke alarm and escaped the house unharmed. «Read the rest of this article»
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries
Nashville, TN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging cooks across Tennessee to practice good safety habits in the kitchen during the hectic holiday season.
Unattended cooking ranks as the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home-fire injuries and can take a devastating toll. During 2009-2013, Tennessee fire departments reported 9,847 residential structure fires involving cooking equipment. These fires resulted in 33 civilian deaths, 249 civilian injuries, and $37.6 million in direct property damage. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West is reminding Tennesseans to keep fire safety in mind as they heat their homes this winter season. As temperatures dip, it is important to know the proper way to use different methods of heating.
“The colder weather means many people will begin to heat their homes with fireplaces, woodstoves, and space heaters,” said West. “Cold weather months typically have a higher number of accidental fire injuries and deaths due to the use of these alternate heat sources.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office: “Stay ahead of the cold snap”
Nashville, 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»
TDA’s Division of Forestry requires burn permits October 15th – May 15th
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Fire Prevention are reminding homeowners to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee was October 15th.
“Burning vegetative material that has accumulated around the yard or using fire to clear an old field can be an efficient way to get rid of debris,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “It’s important for citizens to know when, where and how to conduct a debris burn. The division’s burn permit system focuses attention on safety. Getting a permit is free, and takes only two minutes using our online system.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, 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.
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Volunteers to Focus on Clarksville Neighborhood Identified as Deadliest in State
Clarksville, TN – American Red Cross volunteers from the Two Rivers Chapter are joining thousands of other volunteers across the country this weekend to kick-off a new effort to drastically reduce the number of people killed in house fires. «Read the rest of this article»
Make sure the only thing going up in smoke is dinner!
Nashville, 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.
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Written by Staff Sgt. Melisa Washington
Tennessee National Guard J9 Military and Family Readiness
Smyrna, TN – When a fire destroyed Sgt. David Adams’ home in Johnson City, Tennessee, this past Wednesday, he was grateful to have his National Guard family at the ready for support. The house caught fire while he was conducting annual training in Alcoa, Tennessee with his unit, Detachment 1, G Troop, 1/230th Air Cavalry.
All of Adams’ belongings were destroyed, but luckily his brother, who was staying in the home at the time, was able to evacuate without injuries.
All American Liquidators Inc., a furniture company in Smyrna, Tenn., donated several pieces of furniture to Sgt. David Adams from Detachment 1, G Troop, 1/230th Air Cavalry Regiment after learning a fire had destroyed the Soldier’s home in Johnson City, Tennessee. (Chief Warrant Officer Emily Wiest)
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