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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Show Mom You Care, Check Her Smoke Alarms

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) encourages Tennesseans to consider giving the gift of safety this year for Mother’s Day by ensuring their mothers have working smoke alarms installed in the home.

“Mothers can play such an important role in our lives by providing us with love and keeping us safe from harm,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Deputy Commissioner Gary West. “We hope you will consider giving your mother peace of mind this Mother’s Day by ensuring she has adequate smoke alarm coverage. These early warning devices are truly lifesavers and can be a thoughtful way to honor a great mother.”

Smoke Alarm

Smoke Alarm

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Provides Lightning Safety Tips

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With thunderstorm activity expected throughout the spring season, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office wants Tennesseans to be familiar with the risks and precautions involving lightning.

“We urge the public to be aware of the fire hazards posed by lightning,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “As spring weather gives rise to storm activity, it is important to monitor weather conditions and know what to do to keep you and your family safe.”

A Lightning strike. (NOAA)

A Lightning strike. (NOAA)

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Tennessee Consumer Alert: IRS Authorizes Four Private Companies to Collect Overdue Federal Taxes

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds residents that beginning April 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to use four designated private agencies to collect certain overdue federal tax debts on the government’s behalf.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs offers Tips to Avoid Tax Return Preparer Fraud

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With the April 18th Tax Day deadline on the horizon, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs encourages residents to thoroughly  vet your tax preparer to help reduce the risk of fraud.

“Conducting research should be your first priority if you decide to have a tax preparer file your income tax return,” said TDCI Consumer Protection Director Cynthia Wiel.

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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 says Think Fire Safety when Conducting Spring Cleaning

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With temperatures on the rise and flowers in bloom, many Tennessee households will begin gearing up for a thorough round of spring cleaning.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents of the importance of incorporating fire safety into routine household cleaning plans.

“We encourage Tennesseans to include fire safety in their home cleaning checklists not just in the spring time, but year-round,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

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TDCI Offers Tips to Help Consumers Avoid Shoddy Spring Home Repairs

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The arrival of spring has many Tennesseans turning their attention to home renovation and improvement projects.

To help homeowners make the most of their hard-earned money, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) shares tips on how to avoid common construction-related issues such as shoddy repair companies and problem contractors.

Spring is the time for Home Repairs.

Spring is the time for Home Repairs.

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TDCI Warns Consumers of Unlicensed Funeral Establishment Activity in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers warns consumers to be wary of out-of-state funeral directing establishments using websites that make it falsely appear as if the businesses are licensed to operate in Tennessee when the businesses do not have a Tennessee license.

“Tennessee law prohibits individuals from working as a funeral director without a license,” said Board Executive Director Robert Gribble.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Check Smoke Alarms When Changing Clocks this Weekend

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to take the time to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting clocks forward one hour this Sunday night, March 12th, 2017.

“As Daylight Saving Time begins, we encourage citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms if necessary and check the age of these important devices,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Any smoke alarm 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely as it may not function properly in the event of an emergency.”

Sunday night, March 11th, move your clocks forward from 2:00am to 3:00am for Daylight Savings Time.

Sunday night, March 11th, move your clocks forward from 2:00am to 3:00am for Daylight Savings Time.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Releases 2016 Top 10 Consumer Complaints

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs announces the top 10 complaint categories for 2016 by Tennessee consumers.

The home improvements category ranked as the No. 1 complaint category with more than 400 consumer complaints.

Tennessee Consumer Affairs Releases Top 10 Consumer Complaints received in 2017

Tennessee Consumer Affairs Releases Top 10 Consumer Complaints received in 2017

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