Topic: Julie Mix McPeak
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak warns Tennessee residents to avoid falling prey to scammers and phony tax preparers ahead of the April 15th Tax Day deadline.
“Scammers and fraudulent tax preparers use the rush of tax season to prey on people by using fraudulent practices designed to steal money and personal information,” McPeak said. “Tennesseans should be vigilant in protecting their personal information during this time of the year by educating themselves before hiring someone to prepare their taxes.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Swimmers and boaters can be assured of increased safety at Tennessee’s public marinas and docks thanks to new regulations that took effect January 1st.
Approved last year by the Tennessee General Assembly and signed into law May 16th, 2014 by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Senate Bill No. 1954/House Bill No. 1892 – known as the Noah Dean and Nate Act – makes it mandatory that State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) inspectors examine the electrical wiring and equipment of all Tennessee public marinas and docks. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Oftentimes, homeowners don’t know how old their smoke alarms are, or if they’re still functioning properly. That lack of awareness can have deadly consequences: Nearly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
“Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection,” said Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Decorative and fragranced candles are popular décor in many homes, especially during the winter months. However, candles have caused significant loss of life, injury and property damage when used improperly. On the heels of this winter’s dangerous ice storm, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans to always use candles with care.
“From 2009 to 2013, Tennessee fire departments responded to 464 home structure fires that were started by candles,” said Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. “These fires caused nine deaths, 28 injuries and $10.38 million in direct property damage, all of which could have been prevented with just a few cautionary steps.”
Candle Fires are preventable
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Nashville, TN – As sub-zero temperatures continue to linger across Tennessee for the remainder of the week, the State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to stay safe when using portable heaters to keep warm.
Portable heaters, which are commonly used during winter, can sometimes lead to tragedy. An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
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Nashville, TN – As winter tightens its grip on the Volunteer State this week with hazardous sub-zero temperatures, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind as weather conditions worsen.
“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 – One of the primary causes of residential fire deaths and injuries for children under 10 is playing with a heat source, which includes lighters and matches. It’s a nationwide problem that the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office hopes parents will address by following some simple safety tips.
“We urge parents to teach children at an early age about the dangers of playing with fire, to prevent child injuries, fire deaths and fire-setting behavior,” said Tennessee Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain the dangers and that matches and lighters are tools for adults only.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) today officially unveiled the One Stop licensing database which streamlines how customers can apply, renew and verify their licenses.
One Stop is a customer-friendly and efficient online resource where professionals can download vital documents needed to obtain or renew their licenses. One Stop also creates more transparency because it creates a new way to verify licensees’ current information, allowing consumers to make more informed choices. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – February 1st-7th is National Burn Awareness Week, and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining the American Burn Association to encourage scald and burn prevention.
“Although anyone can sustain a scald burn, certain people are more likely to be scalded – infants, young children, older adults and people with disabilities. These high-risk groups are also more likely to require hospitalization, suffer complications and experience a difficult recovery,” said Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Most burn injuries occur in the person’s own home, and the vast majority of these injuries can be prevented.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) has announced that fewer accidental fire-related fatalities occurred in 2014 than in any year in recorded Tennessee history, based on a preliminary examination of all available historic fire records and data by SFMO specialists.
State fire records show that 72 accidental fire deaths occurred in Tennessee during 2014 which compares to 98 similar fire fatalities in 2013. The 2014 figure represents a 27 percent year-to-year decrease compared to 2013, and a 51 percent decrease compared to 2003’s 146 fire fatalities, which was the highest total for fire-related deaths in the previous 14-year sample period. Final fire fatality figures for 2014 are still pending. «Read the rest of this article»