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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Manufactured Housing Fires Among Deadliest in Tennessee

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Manufactured houses are the scenes of relatively few fires every year in Tennessee, but those fires are among the deadliest, causing a disproportionate number of fire-related deaths and prompting the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office to remind consumers that fire safety should be a priority in all homes, especially during the high-risk winter months.

Manufactured homes – also known as mobile homes or trailers – are transportable structures that are fixed to a chassis and specifically designed to be towed to a residential site.

Some of the deadliest house fires in Tennessee are with manufactured homes.

Some of the deadliest house fires in Tennessee are with manufactured homes.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says 20 Fire Fatalities make January 2018 Tennessee’s Third-Deadliest Month Since 2010

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The latest tally* of  January fire fatalities has the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urgently renewing its call that residents turn their focus to fire prevention during the high-risk winter months.

Current SFMO data indicates that 15 fatal fires caused 20 fatalities in Tennessee during January 2018, making it the third-deadliest month for fire deaths since 2010 (December 2016 had 24 deaths; January 2010 had 21 deaths). Historically, January leads all other months in residential fires, heating fires and fatal fires in Tennessee.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Highlights 208th Life Saved by Urging Tennesseans to “Get Alarmed”

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces today that smoke alarms installed as part of the “Get Alarmed” program are credited with saving 208 Tennesseans from fire danger over the past five years.

This program takes special focus during the high-risk winter months when the colder temperatures cause a dramatic rise in fire-related deaths and injuries. In marking this milestone, the SFMO renews its call that Tennesseans make fire safety a priority this winter, which is the peak season for residential fires.

Smoke Alarm

Smoke Alarm

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Safety During Deadliest Week For Fire Deaths

 

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

SFMO data shows that Tennessee has averaged 3.6 fire deaths (29 in eight years) during the second week of January since 2010. This is the highest number of fire deaths 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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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Offers Do’s and Don’ts of Wood Stove Usage

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As 2018’s brutally cold weather continues, wood stoves might seem to be a cheaper alternative to traditional heating sources for some Tennesseans. However, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) warns that wood stoves can pose a significant fire and carbon monoxide risk if they’re not properly installed and maintained.

Alternative heating sources such as wood stoves, chimneys, and space heaters are common in Tennessee and are just as hazardous as traditional heating sources (electric, gas). Since 2010, wood stoves have been responsible for 23 percent of fatal heating fires statewide according to SFMO data.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Highlights Year-End Accomplishments

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) finished 2017 by distributing nearly 25,000 free smoke alarms, earning national recognition for its progressive fire prevention efforts and securing federal funding to continue the “Get Alarmed” smoke alarm program into 2018.

“Our Fire Prevention Division staff is dedicated to protecting Tennesseans and their property from the dangers of fire,” said Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We’re proud of our 2017 accomplishments and are looking forward to setting new goals to further improve public safety in 2018 and beyond.”

Smoke Alarm

Smoke Alarm

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Tennessee Fire Marshal says Don’t Let A Kitchen Fire Ruin Your Holiday

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN As Tennesseans gear up to spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen preparing holiday meals, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers to cook with care as Christmas and Christmas Eve are two of the top three most dangerous days for cooking fires in the country.

“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” said Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

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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. 

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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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