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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says check Smoke Alarm Batteries

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Oftentimes, homeowners don’t know how old their smoke alarms are, or if they’re still functioning properly. That lack of awareness can have deadly consequences: Nearly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection,” said Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance warns Consumers to be on alert for Price Gouging after Winter Storm

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN - The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is cautioning consumers to be alert to potential price gouging following February’s deadly winter ice storms that swept across Tennessee.

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 says Candle Fires are Preventable

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - Decorative and fragranced candles are popular décor in many homes, especially during the winter months. However, candles have caused significant loss of life, injury and property damage when used improperly. On the heels of this winter’s dangerous ice storm, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans to always use candles with care.

“From 2009 to 2013, Tennessee fire departments responded to 464 home structure fires that were started by candles,” said Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. “These fires caused nine deaths, 28 injuries and $10.38 million in direct property damage, all of which could have been prevented with just a few cautionary steps.”

Candle Fires are preventable

Candle Fires are preventable

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Heater Safety Crucial during Cold Weather

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - As sub-zero temperatures continue to linger across Tennessee for the remainder of the week, the State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to stay safe when using portable heaters to keep warm.

Portable heaters, which are commonly used during winter, can sometimes lead to tragedy. An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

An estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance lists what Consumers should know about Home or Auto Damage in a Winter Storm

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – Ahead of potentially sub-zero temperatures and snow across Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) wants consumers to know what to do in case of home or automobile damage as a result of the February winter storm.

The following are some guidelines to help consumers deal with a property damage claim or automobile accident. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Take Fire Safety Seriously During Winter Storm

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As winter tightens its grip on the Volunteer State this week with hazardous sub-zero temperatures, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind as weather conditions worsen.

“Brutally cold weather can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the devastation that can accompany frigid temperatures.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reveals new “One Stop” that lets users Apply, Renew, and Verify Licenses All in One Place

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) today officially unveiled the One Stop licensing database which streamlines how customers can apply, renew and verify their licenses.

One Stop is a customer-friendly and efficient online resource where professionals can download vital documents needed to obtain or renew their licenses. One Stop also creates more transparency because it creates a new way to verify licensees’ current information, allowing consumers to make more informed choices.  «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office highlights Burn Awareness Week

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – February 1st-7th is National Burn Awareness Week, and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining the American Burn Association to encourage scald and burn prevention.

“Although anyone can sustain a scald burn, certain people are more likely to be scalded – infants, young children, older adults and people with disabilities. These high-risk groups are also more likely to require hospitalization, suffer complications and experience a difficult recovery,” said Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Most burn injuries occur in the person’s own home, and the vast majority of these injuries can be prevented.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office says be Weather Wise about Fire Safety during Winter’s Coldest Months

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - As winter weather rolls through the Volunteer State leaving a trail of frozen pipes, power outages and house fires in its wake, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.

“Brutally cold weather can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the devastation that can accompany frigid temperatures.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reports working Smoke Alarm Saves Homeowners’ Lives in Arlington Fire

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – A smoke alarm installed through the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office “Get Alarmed Tennessee” smoke-alarm distribution program is credited with saving the lives of two people in Arlington, TN in the wake of a Wednesday house fire.

Floor mats kept too close to space heater ignited in a bathroom at the home at 11810 U.S. Highway 64 in Arlington on Wednesday and caused the blaze, which was extinguished by fire crews.

But a potentially tragic situation was avoided because the two homeowners who were asleep in the home at the time of the fire were awakened by their working smoke alarm and escaped the house unharmed. «Read the rest of this article»

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