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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Remembering To ‘Close The Door’ Can Save Lives During an Emergency

 

‘Close The Door’ Toolkit Ready for Fire Departments, Schools

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As a new school year begins, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is urging Tennesseans to remember that closing a door during a fire is one of the fastest ways to stop fires from spreading.

To help get the word out, the SFMO is highlighting our “Close The Door!” toolkit which is available for fire departments, educators and others to use in order to better prepare themselves in case of a fire emergency. The kit includes downloadable flyers, a press release with checklist and sample social media messages. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Students to take Care in Selecting Off-Campus Housing

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Each year, college and university students living both on- and off-campus experience fire-related emergencies nationwide.

Since January 2000 through June 2015, there have been 170 college/university fire fatalities across the U.S. with a majority of those fire deaths occurring in off-campus housing, according to information compiled by Campus Firewatch.

Those off-campus housing fire deaths had common factors including a lack of automatic fire sprinklers, missing or disabled smoke alarms, careless smoking habits, and the misuse of alcohol — which impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Warns Campers About Carbon Monoxide Dangers

 

RV Owners Should Test Their Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Even when enjoying the great outdoors in Tennessee, RV owners should be wary of the dangers that can arise from carbon monoxide in and around tents and RVs.

Often called “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas created when fuels (such as kerosene, gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely.

Carbon monoxide can result from a number of camping equipment, such as barbecue grills, portable generators or other fuel-powered devices.

Going camping? Be aware of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Going camping? Be aware of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says “Let The Pros Handle Fireworks This Year”

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has a simple message for Tennesseans this Fourth of July: Let the pros handle the fireworks.

With numerous professional displays scheduled for the Fourth including the nation’s largest in Nashville, there’s no shortage of festive and colorful fireworks to enjoy in Tennessee. State fire officials urge Tennesseans to take part in these professionally run events instead of risking their lives and possibly breaking the law by detonating fireworks themselves.

Stay Safe on the Fourth of July By Attending Professional Fireworks Events

Stay Safe on the Fourth of July By Attending Professional Fireworks Events

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Practice campfire safety this summer

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – For many Tennesseans, summertime weather signals the start of outdoor recreation and travel, including camping trips. While camping can create many wonderful memories, it can also result in devastating wildfires or serious burn injuries if fire-safe practices are not used.

“Enjoy the beauty that our Tennessee landscapes provide, but remember that carelessness with fire can produce tragic consequences,” said Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Protect your family, your property, and our state’s forests and wildlife by brushing up on campfire safety before setting up camp.”

Practice campfire safety this summer

Practice campfire safety this summer

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office shares Safety Tips for Outdoor Grilling

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Summertime is the peak season for outdoor grilling and grilling fires. This year, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges outdoor cooks to keep fire safety in mind as they start up the grill this summer.

From 2010-2014, Tennessee fire departments responded to 204 fires involving grills, hibachis or barbeques. Those fires resulted in two civilian injuries, two firefighter injuries and $5.9 million in property damage, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS).

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal urges Citizens to take Precautions on the Water this Summer

 

Take Precautions To Avoid Electric Shock Drowning

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – For thousands of Tennesseans, summer means spending time with family and friends while swimming and boating. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is ensuring residents have a safe summer by inspecting Tennessee’s public marinas and docks and reminding Tennesseans to take steps to prevent electric shock drowning (ESD).

Earlier this year, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office began the first-ever inspections of the electrical wiring and equipment of Tennessee’s more than 300 public marinas and docks.

Have your boat tested once a year to see if it is leaking electricity, or buy a clamp meter and test it yourself.

Have your boat tested once a year to see if it is leaking electricity, or buy a clamp meter and test it yourself.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office shares Hotel Safety Tips for Travelers

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the school year wraps up, many Tennesseans are turning their attention to family vacations. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds travelers to incorporate fire safety into travel plans before hitting the road for summer vacation.

“Hotels and motels become a home away from home for travelers, so it is important to become familiar with new surroundings and to have a plan in place should an emergency arise,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

Hotel Safety Tips for Travelers. (AAA)

Hotel Safety Tips for Travelers. (AAA)

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Consumer Affairs releases Top 10 Consumer Complaints

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) today announces the annual “Top Ten” categories of consumer complaints. The utilities category ranked as the No. 1 complaint category with more than 480 consumer complaints.

TDCI’s Top Ten complaint categories were compiled from 5,099 total complaints fielded by the Consumer Affairs Division during calendar year 2014.

Top 10 Consumer Complaints

Top 10 Consumer Complaints

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges caution with Outdoor Burning

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The seasonable spring weather has sent Tennesseans outside to spruce up their properties. Because these maintenance efforts often include burning of tree limbs, lumber and other debris, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds homeowners to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions.

“Negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, injury, property loss and environmental damage,” Tennessee Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “We urge residents to take care and use all safety precautions.” «Read the rest of this article»

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