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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Misuse of Electric Cords Can Lead to Fires

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Electricity helps make our lives easier, but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans that the dangers of electrical hazards are always present and warns of common hazards such as overloaded electrical outlets, arcing, and extension cords.

According to SFMO data, electrical wiring, outlets, cords and plugs accounted for 9.51 percent of all structure fires and 14.38 percent of all structure fire deaths in Tennessee between 2012 and 2016.

According to SFMO data, electrical wiring, outlets, cords and plugs accounted for 9.51 percent of all structure fires and 14.38 percent of all structure fire deaths in Tennessee between 2012 and 2016.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Shares Halloween Fire Safety Tips

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With Halloween festivities in full swing, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) encourages Tennesseans to keep safety in mind in order to avoid the fire risks commonly linked to Halloween decorations and activities.   

“A few simple safety measures can help keep your Halloween celebration plans both fun and fire-free,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Candles are a major culprit for holiday fires, so we urge Tennesseans to use extra caution if using open flames around fall decorations and Halloween costumes.” 

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges Tennesseans to have a safe Halloween.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges Tennesseans to have a safe Halloween.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Offers Home Safety Tips for National Pet Fire Safety Day

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Tennessee animal lovers know that pets can be a great source of companionship. Unfortunately, pet owners may be unaware of how easily animals can not only be the victim of a home fire, but the unintentional cause of a fire as well.

In recognition of National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15th, 2017), the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office offers important tips to keep pets, people, and property safe from fire.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is Saturday, July 15th, 2017.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is Saturday, July 15th, 2017.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Encourages Tennesseans to Leave Fireworks to the Experts

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans of a simple, yet significant tip for safer Fourth of July celebrations: Let the pros handle the fireworks. 

With a multitude of professional displays scheduled for the Fourth, including one of 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.

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Fireworks

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City of Clarksville Firefighters to get new breathing devices

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville has been awarded an federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant  in the amount of $436,360 to purchase 71 new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units for Clarksville Fire Rescue firefighters.

The breathing devices being used by City firefighters, purchased with a 2002 AFG grant, are more than 14 years old and considered obsolete and out of compliance with the National Fire Protection Association standards.  

$436,360 Federal Grant will buy essential safety equipment for Clarksville Firefighters.

$436,360 Federal Grant will buy essential safety equipment for Clarksville Firefighters.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office 2016 Annual Report Highlights Fire Prevention Efforts

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Volunteer State’s fire prevention and education efforts on behalf of consumers are detailed in the newly released 2016 Annual Report from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO).

Compiled with data provided by fire departments from across Tennessee, the report highlights statistics and major advancements made by the SFMO’s eight sections: Education & Outreach; Fire Investigations; Codes Enforcement; Residential, Electrical, & Marina Inspections; Manufactured Housing & Modular Buildings; Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy; Firefighting Commission; and Administrative Services.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office releases Commissioner's Annual Report for 2016. Report highlights Fire Prevention Efforts.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office releases Commissioner’s Annual Report for 2016. Report highlights Fire Prevention Efforts.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Warns Tennesseans of Fire Hazards Posed by Medical Oxygen

 

Eight Fire Fatalities Involving Medical Oxygen Occurred in Tennessee in 2016

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that homes where medical oxygen is used need specific fire safety rules to protect people from fire and burns.

“We urge Tennesseans to take extra care when using medical oxygen in the home,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. ”Oxygen saturates fabric-covered furniture, clothing, hair, and bedding, making it easier for a fire to start and spread. Help protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property by complying with the safety instructions that are provided with home medical oxygen supplies.”

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Thanksgiving Day sees Twice the Grease and Cooking Fires than a normal November Day

 

State Farm® urges consumers to be cautious when frying a turkey

State Farm®Bloomington, IL – On Thanksgiving there are more cooking fires than any other day of the year. Grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November according to State Farm.

With the popularity of turkey frying increasing, U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage each year.

Oil splatters out of a fryer, causing a burst of smoke and flames that can easily burn a house, or even worse, an adult or child.

Oil splatters out of a fryer, causing a burst of smoke and flames that can easily burn a house, or even worse, an adult or child.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Shares Tips on Proper Fire Extinguisher Use

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – A portable fire extinguisher can be a helpful piece of safety equipment when it comes to putting out a small fire, but the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans that extinguishers have limitations.

Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents during a fire incident is to get outside quickly and safely.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips.

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Tennessee Fire Marshal says Keep Matches & Lighters Away from Children

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Young firesetters cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office warns Tennesseans of the risk associated with children and fire-starting items, especially novelty lighters.

Novelty lighters resembling children’s toys can attract curious kids who may see these items as fun, but may not recognize them as potential fire hazards. While Tennessee banned the sale of novelty lighters in 2008, these products still represent a potential threat to lives and property.

Keep Matches & Lighters Away from Children

Keep Matches & Lighters Away from Children

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