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Tennessee ugres Citizens to practice Wildfire Prevention

 

TDA’s Division of Forestry requires burn permits October 15th – May 15th

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Fire Prevention are reminding homeowners to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee was October 15th.

“Burning vegetative material that has accumulated around the yard or using fire to clear an old field can be an efficient way to get rid of debris,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “It’s important for citizens to know when, where and how to conduct a debris burn. The division’s burn permit system focuses attention on safety. Getting a permit is free, and takes only two minutes using our online system.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West Announces “Close the Door” Campaign

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – “Close the Door!” That is what Gary West, State Fire Marshal, is telling Tennesseans in an effort to save more lives if a fire should occur.

“A door is one of the best pieces of firefighting and lifesaving equipment,” said Gary West. “If you leave a room that is on fire, simply closing the door behind you can be the best decision you make.”

Closing the door reduces fire growth and spread, limits damage to your home and could possibly save lives.

“Close the Door” Campaign announced by Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West.

“Close the Door” Campaign announced by Tennessee State Fire Marshal Gary West.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Offices says Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely by Leaving Fireworks to the Pros

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - Celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks is a longstanding tradition in the United States. However, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are seriously injured each year due to improper use. State Fire Marshal and Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak encourages Tennesseans to be fireworks smart this Fourth of July by opting to attend organized fireworks displays.

“We encourage Tennesseans to enjoy fireworks at a public display presented by trained professionals where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate the holiday,” McPeak said.

2014 Lighting up the Cumberland Fireworks show at Cumberland City Tennessee.

2014 Lighting up the Cumberland Fireworks show at Cumberland City Tennessee.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says be Fire Safe this Summer

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - As the school year comes to a close, many Tennesseans are turning their attention to family vacation plans. The State Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember to incorporate fire safety into travel plans before hitting the road for your summer vacation.

“Hotels and motels become a home away from home for travelers, so it is important to become familiar with new surroundings and to have a plan in place should an emergency arise,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office provides tips on Lightning Safety

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - As spring storms roll through Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when lightning is imminent.

“Lightning strikes can cause fires. As the spring’s warmer weather gives rise to storm activity, we want Tennesseans to know what the risks and precautions are,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “It is important to monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the climate becomes threatening.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Vehicle Arson is a Combustible Crime

 

Help burn out arson during Arson Awareness Week

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - Every year, the U.S. Fire Administration and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office raises awareness about arson and its impact on our communities.

“Arson destroys more than buildings. It can devastate a community through the decline of the neighborhood with increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue and a decrease in property values,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is dedicated to bringing attention to the problem and working to make Tennessee safer.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Promotes Wildfire Preparedness

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Tennessee is known for its dynamic landscape and residents often choose to take advantage of its natural beauty by building homes in or near forests, rural areas, or on mountain sites. These remote locations, though beautiful, come with an increased threat of wildfire.

“Wildfires often begin unnoticed,” Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now, before a wildfire starts. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Caution with Outdoor Burning

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As warmer weather approaches, many Tennesseans are sprucing up their outdoor property. These maintenance efforts often include the burning of limbs, lumber and other debris.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants the public to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions to ensure that only the desired foliage goes up in smoke. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Be Prepared, Home escape plans save lives

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households estimate that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home became life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Home Medical Oxygen

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN The presence of portable, medical oxygen in Tennessee homes has grown over the past decade, and so has the need for education about the fire hazards associated with its use. Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air a patient breathes. If a fire starts in an oxygen-enriched area, the material affected will burn more quickly.

“When more oxygen is present, any fire that starts will burn hotter and faster than usual,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “Tennessee has seen an influx of preventable fires involving medical oxygen. It is crucial to follow safety precautions when medical oxygen is in use in a home.” «Read the rest of this article»

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