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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Be Prepared, Home escape plans save lives

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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 estimate that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home became life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Reminds Building Owners of Cold Weather Alert for Sprinkler Systems

 

Keep pipes warm to maintain sprinkler systems

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the weather again rushes to or below zero, the State Fire Marshal wishes to remind building owners that it is important to take steps to prevent freeze-ups of water-based fire protection systems, such as automatic fire sprinkler systems.

“While designers and installers of sprinkler systems take into account the variety of seasonal temperatures during installation, normal precautions should be taken to keep both the building and the fire sprinkler system warm,” said Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Like with all water-containing pipes, freezing temperatures can cause pipes to break or leak, resulting in problems during operation in the event of a fire.  As we have seen, freezing temperatures outside also make it more difficult to utilize external sources for fire suppression, increasing the importance of the building’s internal systems.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal asks “Are you using portable heaters safely?”

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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 space 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»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says keep your Holidays from going up in Flames

 

Tennessee State Fire Marshal offers tips for a Safely Decorated Home

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges Christmas Tree fire safety

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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.

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Thanksgiving cooks should be aware of Turkey Fryers’ risks says Tennessee State Fire Marshal

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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.

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 reminds Tennesseans to prevent Kitchen Fires

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says be prepared, Home Escape Plans Saves Lives

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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 estimated that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

“Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize,” State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak says. “Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential for ensuring your family’s safety in the event of a fire.”

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal urges caution with Home Medical Oxygen

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The presence of portable, medical oxygen in Tennessee homes has grown over the past decade, and so has the need for education about the fire hazards associated with its use. Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air a patient uses to breathe.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents use portable heaters safely

 

Are you using portable heaters safely?

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, 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»

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