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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Candle Fires Caused $12M in Damages, Claimed Nine Lives Since 2012

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN Nothing spreads cheer quite like holiday decorations, but care must be taken to ensure your festive winter décor is fire-safe. To decrease the risk of a home fire, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that popular holiday decorations such as candles and string lights can cause tragedy when not used correctly.

During the five-year period of 2012-2016 in Tennessee, candles were reported to have caused 402 residential fires, nine civilian deaths, 31 civilian injuries, eight firefighter injuries and $12 million in fire loss according to SFMO data. 

Candle Burning

Candle Burning

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Care with Christmas Trees

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – While opinions may differ on how soon is too soon to put up holiday decorations, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that one thing is not up for debate: Dry and neglected Christmas trees can cause fires.

To avoid a devastating home fire, the SFMO encourages Tennesseans to keep fire safety in mind when trimming the tree this holiday season.

Each year, fire departments nationwide respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Warns of Increased Fire, Carbon Monoxide Risks During Heating Season

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Although Tennessee is experiencing mild temperatures this week, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that winter is indeed coming, and bringing with it an increased risk for home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SFMO urges consumers to take safety measures to avoid the hazards that can result from using household heating appliances during the cold weather seasons.

“Statistics consistently show a substantial uptick in fire fatalities during heating season,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

From 2012-2016, Tennessee Fire Departments responded to 2,938 home structure fires that involved heating equipment.

From 2012-2016, Tennessee Fire Departments responded to 2,938 home structure fires that involved heating equipment.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Safety in the Kitchen this Thanksgiving

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As families prepare to gather for Thanksgiving Day feasts this Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to incorporate good cooking safety habits into their plans in order to avoid a holiday home fire.

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment, with three times the average number.  An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Here in the Volunteer State, 18 percent of reported home structure fires in 2016 involved cooking equipment.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Clarksville Police report Vehicle Hit by Gunfire Sets House on Fire

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – On Friday, October 27th, 2017, around 6:30am, while patrolling, Clarksville Police Officers heard what sounded like gunfire in the area of Daniel Street.

Officers spoke to witnesses in a nearby and were told a vehicle may have been shot and was possibly on fire. A white, two door sedan was found abandoned and unoccupied at 911 Chadwick Drive.

The vehicle had struck the house and both the car and house were ablaze.

Vehicle gets shot on Daniel Street, strikes a house and both car and house catch fire.

Vehicle gets shot on Daniel Street, strikes a house and both car and house catch fire.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Offers Home Safety Tips for National Pet Fire Safety Day

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Tennessee animal lovers know that pets can be a great source of companionship. Unfortunately, pet owners may be unaware of how easily animals can not only be the victim of a home fire, but the unintentional cause of a fire as well.

In recognition of National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15th, 2017), the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office offers important tips to keep pets, people, and property safe from fire.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is Saturday, July 15th, 2017.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is Saturday, July 15th, 2017.

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Tennessee Fire Marshal says As Summer Temps Rise, Chances for Fire Increases

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With summer in full swing, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) offers important fire safety tips to help Tennesseans protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property during the hottest months of the year.

“While the summertime ushers in lots of opportunities for fun, the season also brings increased safety risks due to the elevated temperatures,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We urge Tennesseans to follow recommended fire safety measures, stay hydrated, and check on elderly neighbors during the hot summer days ahead.”

Summer house fires can be prevented.

Summer house fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Works to Fight Winter Fire Threat

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges Tennesseans to place special focus on home fire safety during what has traditionally been the most tragic week for fire-related incidents in the Volunteer State.

Since 2010, Tennessee has averaged 2.75 fatal fires (22 in 8 years) and 3.375 fire deaths (27 in 8 years) during the second week of January according to SFMO data. This is the highest number of both fires and victims for any week of the year and is nearly double the rate of the average week.

House fires can be prevented.

House fires can be prevented.

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Montgomery County Animal Care and Control receives PetSmart Grant

 

Montgomery County Animal Care and ControlMontgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Animal Care and Control is pleased to be the recipient of a $10,000.00 PetSmart Charities grant. This grant provides emergency medical funds for the 56 dogs that were rescued from a house fire in November.

“PetSmart Charities continues to be a great partner and supporter of our facility,” stated Animal Control Director Jeanette Farrell.

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control

Montgomery County Animal Care and Control

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Tennessean to Heat Homes Safely

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to keep safety in mind as they heat their homes during the winter season. Residents are urged to use extra caution with the use of alternate heat sources, such as portable heaters.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of following safety precautions when heating your home during the colder months,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Employing just a few basic steps this winter can help ensure that your family is kept as safe as they are warm.”

Tennessee fire departments responded to 2,572 home structure fires that involved heating equipment from 2011-2015.

Tennessee fire departments responded to 2,572 home structure fires that involved heating equipment from 2011-2015.

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