Topic: Julie Mix McPeak
Nashville, TN – The wave of harsh winter weather rolling through the Volunteer State is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake that includes home fires, frozen pipes, and power outages. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.
“The brutally cold conditions we have experienced this week can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the damage that can accompany frigid temperatures.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of shopping, event planning, and meal preparation, and the chance for home fires grows even more.
“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur, especially those in the kitchen.”
Tennessee State Fire Marshal offers tips for a Safely Decorated Home
Nashville, TN – The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, certain types of fires and injuries associated with decorating are all too common and can put a damper on holiday celebrations.
“Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “To decrease your risk for a home fire, keep fire safety in mind as you deck the halls this season.” «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.”
Tennessee urges Residents to review Insurance Coverage
Nashville, TN - The holiday season increases the chance for mishaps, as more people travel and attend gatherings. Factor in the fatigue and distraction that can accompany changes to our routines and the risk becomes greater.
Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak suggests you take time to review how your insurance covers mishaps in the home and when traveling. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Outdoor, gas-fueled fryers cook up juicy turkeys in a fraction of the time it takes to roast one in an indoor oven. However, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in discouraging the residential use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil because they pose an enormous risk for injury.
“Outdoor fryers heat gallons of cooking oil to very high temperatures to cook the turkey. The risk of this oil being spilled is significant, and the resulting injuries can be severe,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says.
Simple safety precautions make big difference in home fire safety
Nashville, TN - Residential electrical fires kill as many as 280 Americans each year and injure 1,000 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.
“Many avoidable electrical fires can be traced to the misuse of electric cords, whether through overloaded circuits, poor maintenance or cords being placed under rugs or in high traffic areas,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Simple safety precautions can reduce these occurrences and help safeguard your home from fires.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Five Tennesseans lost their lives in home fires over this past weekend. Four adults and one child were killed in house fires in Hamblen, Carter, and Henry Counties. Preliminary results of the fire investigations indicate that the fires were accidental in nature.
Every day preventable fires happen in Tennessee causing millions of dollars in property damage and in the worst cases, loss of life. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants individuals across the state to take action and talk to loved ones about fire prevention in the home. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’
During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires—most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
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