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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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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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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Works to Fight Winter Fire Threat

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges Tennesseans to place special focus on home fire safety during what has traditionally been the most tragic week for fire-related incidents in the Volunteer State.

Since 2010, Tennessee has averaged 2.75 fatal fires (22 in 8 years) and 3.375 fire deaths (27 in 8 years) during the second week of January according to SFMO data. This is the highest number of both fires and victims for any week of the year and is nearly double the rate of the average week.

House fires can be prevented.

House fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Offers Holiday Scam Prevention Tips

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – While the holidays are a season of giving and well wishes for most, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs warns consumers that scammers often use this time of year to prey upon the good cheer of others.

“Don’t let scammers steal the joy from your holiday season,” said TDCI Consumer Protection Director Cynthia Wiel. “Guard your personal information carefully and stay informed of the latest schemes and swindles. Remember, ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’ remains one of the best guidelines when it comes to avoiding scams.”

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Tennessean to Heat Homes Safely

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to keep safety in mind as they heat their homes during the winter season. Residents are urged to use extra caution with the use of alternate heat sources, such as portable heaters.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of following safety precautions when heating your home during the colder months,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Employing just a few basic steps this winter can help ensure that your family is kept as safe as they are warm.”

Tennessee fire departments responded to 2,572 home structure fires that involved heating equipment from 2011-2015.

Tennessee fire departments responded to 2,572 home structure fires that involved heating equipment from 2011-2015.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Gathers Insurers’ Data For East Tennessee Wildfire Claims Map

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – As part of the ongoing emergency response to the November 28th, 2016 wildfires in Gatlinburg, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) has begun compiling insurers’ claims data so it might be combined with satellite imagery and GIS mapping software in order to determine claims and potential claims from the fires.

So far there have been 656 combined reported claims (home, auto, etc.) from the areas affected by wildfires in East Tennessee.

So far there have been 656 combined reported claims (home, auto, etc.) from the areas affected by wildfires in East Tennessee.

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Reminds Holiday Shoppers to Use Caution with Public Wi-Fi

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – With many shoppers preparing to score holiday gift deals for Christmas, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs warns consumers to be wary of hackers that use public Wi-Fi to glean sensitive information.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Cook Safely this Thanksgiving Season

 

Thanksgiving is the Leading Day for Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As families prepare to gather for Thanksgiving Day feasts this Thursday, November 24th, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges Tennesseans to avoid careless cooking habits that can lead to fires.

Cooking safety is a key component to the SFMO’s recently launched holiday safety campaign, developed in response to an annual increase of home fires during the holiday season.

“The excitement of a Thanksgiving get-together can lead to distractions for holiday cooks,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Launches “Be a Good Elf” Holiday Safety Campaign

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – ‘Tis the season for cheerful decorations, family gatherings, and…home fires? Unfortunately, the holiday season means greater risks of fire hazards as homeowners spend more time indoors in kitchens and installing electrical holiday decorations.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces today a new safety campaign to spread awareness of holiday fire risks and the ways they can be avoided. The campaign was launched in response to an annual increase of home fires during the holiday season.

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