Topic: Julie Mix McPeak
Nashville, TN – According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 70 deaths, 150 injuries and $53 million in property loss.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of following safety precautions when using portable heating devices in your home,” said State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Keeping fire safety in mind can help save lives and property.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging residents of manufactured homes – also known as mobile homes or trailers – to practice fire safety.
More than 250,000 of these homes exist in Tennessee.
“Fires move more quickly in smaller spaces, leaving occupants with less time to escape. This is why it is crucial to have working smoke alarms installed in all homes,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “Develop and practice a home fire escape with your loved ones so that everyone knows what to do when the alarm sounds.” «Read the rest of this article»
Videos show hazards posed by the holiday fixture if left to dry out
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.
“The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there is an estimated annual average of 230 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “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.”
Prepare for the holiday season with an eye toward Murphy’s Law
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. After all, no one ever plans on being injured. «Read the rest of this article»
Alternate heating sources often cause fatal fires; use checklist for home
Nashville, TN - Tennessee Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak wants to remind Tennesseans to keep safe and warm, as colder weather becomes more common across the state. But she urges residents 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.” «Read the rest of this article»
Fires, burns make them perilous for the home
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 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.
Steer clear of carbon monoxide hazards this fall
Nashville, TN – According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year in America more than 150 people die from accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with consumer products.
These products include faulty, improperly used or incorrectly vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.
CO, often called “the silent killer,” is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It can be created when fossil fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane or wood do not burn properly. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee State Fire Marshal reminds Tennesseans to change clocks, smoke alarm batteries for Daylight Savings Time
As time falls back this weekend, take a moment to practice fire safety
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak is reminding Tennesseans to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when they set back their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time.
“Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they’re providing the proper protection,” McPeak says. “Use the extra hour we gain this weekend to make sure your home and family are fire-safe.” «Read the rest of this article»
Smoke alarms can save lives. Are your alarms working?
Nashville, TN – Every day in the United States, needless home fire deaths occur. Operable smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms cut in half the risk of dying in reported home fires.
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm in your home can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
That’s why the State Fire Marshal’s Office and local fire departments across Tennessee are teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7th-13th, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. «Read the rest of this article»
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