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Seniors and Vulnerable Adults Gain Protection through National Act

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has adopted a model act designed to protect adults 65 or older, and other populations at increased risk of diminished capacity or other cognitive impairment, from financial exploitation.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Securities Division is a member of the NASAA. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Fire Marshal reports Tennessee Fire Death Rate Hits New Low In 2015

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – For the second consecutive year, Tennessee fire deaths decreased to a new state-record low while the number of lives saved by smoke alarms installed by the state’s fire departments continues to climb.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces today that fewer unintentional structure fire fatalities occurred in 2015 than in any year in recorded Tennessee history, including a milestone year achieved last year.

Seventy-two (72) people died in accidental home fires across the state in 2015 — down from 76 fatalities in 2014. Both years were record-breaking improvements compared to 2013’s fire fatality total of 100.

Tennessee fire deaths have decreased for the second straight year.

Tennessee fire deaths have decreased for the second straight year.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs lists Top 10 Imposter Scams of 2015

 

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs wants to warn consumers about the most commonly reported imposter scams from 2015.

“Scammers often target consumers via email or phone calls,” TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini said. “They use deceptive tactics to manipulate people into sending money or revealing sensitive data like Social Security numbers or banking information. Tennesseans should familiarize themselves with these tactics to avoid becoming a scam victim.”

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Tennessee’s Consumer Affairs Division offers Tips for Avoiding Tax Return Preparer Fraud

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is offering consumers tips to avoid tax return preparer fraud. Although Tax Day isn’t until April 18th, the Division encourages you to file early and vet your tax preparer to avoid fraud.

“If you decide to have a tax return preparer prepare and file your income tax return, it is important to choose that person carefully,” TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini said. “Finding a qualified professional takes a little planning and some research, but remember, you are responsible for everything on your return, even when someone else prepares it.

Research and Select Qualified Professionals Only

Research and Select Qualified Professionals Only

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs says be Wary of Price Gouging following January Storm

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is urging consumers to be wary of potential price gouging following the severe winter storm that swept across Tennessee over the weekend.

Tennessee’s price gouging laws make it unlawful for individuals and businesses to charge unreasonable prices for essential goods and services including gasoline, food, ice, fuel, generators, lodging, storage space, and other necessities in direct response to a disaster regardless of whether that emergency occurred in Tennessee or elsewhere. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal asks everyone to be ready Ahead of January Winter Storm

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Forecasters expect a significant winter storm to sweep across Tennessee this weekend that could cause power outages, traffic delays and numerous safety risks.  Ahead of the storm’s arrival, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans that it’s crucial to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.

“Ice, snow and cold temperatures can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the devastation that can accompany winter weather conditions.”

Take Fire Safety Seriously During Cold Weather Months.

Take Fire Safety Seriously During Cold Weather Months.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Safe Generator Use During Winter Weather

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As cold weather sweeps across Tennessee, home and business owners may rely on portable generators during occasional power outages to operate their electrical equipment such as heating units, computers, water pumps and lighting.

While portable generators can provide a quick fix, they can also pose unseen hazards that can have long-lasting effects. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that following some basic tips can ensure safe generator use every time.

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance gives Top 10 Tips For Young Investors

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Securities Division wants investors of any age and background to always make smart investments.

While some investors might be young, there’s no reason they should ever feel they’re at a disadvantage when it comes to making smart financial choices.

Spend money thinking of your future as well as your present.

Spend money thinking of your future as well as your present.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says Avoid Home Damage from Frozen Pipes

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – When temperatures plunge across the Volunteer State, insurance claims for frozen pipe water damage are sure to follow.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) urges the public to act now to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting water pipes.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes

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Tennessee Department of Health says Winter Weather brings Increased Risk for Carbon Monoxide Issues

 

Simple Safety Precautions May Save Lives

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Many of us do it:  when winter weather arrives, we try to make our homes as airtight as possible or try alternative heating methods to save money on heating costs.

While energy conservation is certainly important, so too is protecting your personal and family health. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urge residents to know about potential home health and safety hazards during the winter months.

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