Topic: Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
Nashville, TN – It’s National Burn Awareness Week, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is joining the American Burn Association to promote this year’s scald prevention theme.
“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,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & 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»
Nashville, TN – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and some consumers are banking on online dating as a way to hatch a serious relationship. Unfortunately, some fraud artists are also banking on online dating as a way to scam people out of their money.
Relationship scams, also known as sweetheart swindles, often follow this pattern: «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging residents of manufactured homes – also known as mobile homes or trailers – to practice fire safety.
More than 250,000 of these homes exist in Tennessee.
“Fires move more quickly in smaller spaces, leaving occupants with less time to escape. This is why it is crucial to have working smoke alarms installed in all homes,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “Develop and practice a home fire escape with your loved ones so that everyone knows what to do when the alarm sounds.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Consumer Affairs Division is urging consumers to start the year off with a free review of their credit report.
Gaps in your computer’s security, a data breach at a company you patronize, even a failure to properly dispose of private information – all can lead to cases of stolen identities. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says Make sharpening insurance priorities a New Year’s Resolution
It’s smart to review coverage terms for multiple areas
Nashville, TN – As you ring in the New Year, it is a good idea to evaluate your insurance coverage. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) – of which Commerce and Insurance is a member – offers these tips and reminders to help with your review. «Read the rest of this article»
Videos show hazards posed by the holiday fixture if left to dry out
Nashville, 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.
“The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there is an estimated annual average of 230 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “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.”
Prepare for the holiday season with an eye toward Murphy’s Law
Nashville, TN - The holiday season increases the chance for mishaps, as more people travel and attend gatherings. Factor in the fatigue and distraction that can accompany changes to our routines, and the risk becomes greater. After all, no one ever plans on being injured. «Read the rest of this article»
Alternate heating sources often cause fatal fires; use checklist for home
Nashville, TN - Tennessee Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak wants to remind Tennesseans to keep safe and warm, as colder weather becomes more common across the state. But she urges residents to be cautious in the use of alternate heat sources.
“The colder weather means many people will begin to heat their homes with fireplaces, woodstoves and space heaters,” said McPeak. “Cold weather months typically have a higher number of accidental fire injuries and deaths, due to the use of these alternate heat sources.” «Read the rest of this article»
Inbox messages can look legitimate, snare your personal information
Nashville, TN – “You have notifications pending.” So states the email purportedly from Facebook, alerting you to missed updates related to your Facebook account.
It features, under the familiar logo with “Facebook” spelled out in white letters in a blue bar, two boxes for you to click if you wish to go to either your Facebook homepage or to all of your account’s notifications. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Holiday shopping? Make sure gift cards bring you cheer, not tears.
November marks the start of holiday shopping for countless Tennesseans and shoppers everywhere. Here is how consumers can keep gift cards’ policies from dumping snow on their holiday season. «Read the rest of this article»
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