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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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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Colder Weather can lead to Increased Fire, Carbon Monoxide Risks

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Cooler temperatures settling into the Volunteer State this week have many Tennesseans turning on heating sources they have been dormant for months. The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges consumers to take safety measures to avoid fire and carbon monoxide hazards that can result from household heating appliances.

’”The change in the weather has historically resulted in a spike in homes fire and home fire-related injuries and deaths,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It’s of utmost importance for Tennesseans to keep safety in mind when heating their homes.”

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Offers Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Holiday Shoppers

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season brings out the shoppers, it also brings out the scammers.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans of basic precautions that can help ward off identity thieves.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Raises Awareness of Financial Scams Aimed at Veterans

 

Department Offers Tips to Help Military Families Identify and Avoid Cons

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – As the state and nation prepare to honor those who have served in the armed forces this Veterans Day, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) reminds Tennesseans about financial scams targeting veterans and how they can be avoided.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans of Danger Posed by Dry Weather

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With dry conditions, low water levels, and little to no precipitation forecast throughout most of Tennessee for the foreseeable future, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to make fire prevention and fire safety a top priority this fall. 

“Drought conditions are increasing the threat of wildfires in Tennessee counties, specifically those in the eastern portion of the state,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We urge Tennesseans to heed any burn bans currently activated in their community. By employing just a few basic fire safety precautions, the public can help prevent the devastating loss of life and property.”

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