Topic: Tennessee State Fire Marshal
Nashville, TN – Each year, across the country, college and university students on- and off-campus experience hundreds of fire-related emergencies. There are several specific causes for fires on college campuses, including cooking, arson and accidents.
Overall, most college-based fires are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. According to information compiled by Campus Firewatch, the great majority of student fire deaths occur in off-campus housing that lacks sufficient exits, operable smoke alarms and automatic fire sprinklers. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Summertime means outdoor grilling time for many Tennessee residents. It is also the peak season for grilling fires. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges outdoor cooks to keep fire safety in mind as they start up the grill this summer.
“Practice safety, whenever you grill,” State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said. “Place your grill well away from siding, deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches.” She added, “Never leave a grill unattended.”
State Officials Urge Citizens to Delay Burning Debris, Leave Fireworks to Professionals
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State officials are urging citizens to take fire precautions for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is asking the public to refrain from debris burning until significant precipitation is received and to avoid other activities that could cause fire.
“Most areas of the state are experiencing very hot and dry conditions with low humidity,” State Forester Steven Scott said. “While permits are not currently required for open, outdoor burning, as a precaution we’re urging citizens to avoid debris burning until conditions improve.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents that Only Licensed Professionals can Operate Sky Lanterns
Nashville, TN – To ensure that summer holidays and events are celebrated safely, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans of legislation passed last year concerning sky lanterns. They are to be operated only by licensed fireworks professionals.
Sky lanterns, also known as Chinese lanterns or wish lanterns, are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by flame. According to TCA § 68-104-101(9), they are special fireworks, and can be purchased and used by only individuals with a professional license (certified flame effect operator, certified outdoor display operator or certified proximate pyrotechnic operator). «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – With the end of the school year fast approaching, family vacation season is on the horizon. Hotels and motels become a home away from home for travelers, so it is important to become familiar with new surroundings and have a plan in place should an emergency arise.
Being mindful of these points will help ensure that your upcoming vacation is as safe as it is fun! «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee State Fire Marshal reminds Tennesseans to replace Smoke Alarm Batteries as you Spring Forward
‘Change your clock, change your battery’ for daylight saving time
Nashville, TN – As clocks move ahead this weekend for daylight saving time, Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak would like to remind Tennesseans to change their homes’ smoke alarm batteries, as well.
“ ‘Change your clock, change your battery’ is an easy phrase to remember and practice when you update your clocks this weekend,” says McPeak. “Smoke alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and tested monthly to ensure you have the protection you need,” McPeak says. “Use this time to protect your home and family.” «Read the rest of this article»
Video shows hazard posed by the holiday fixture if left to dry out
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee 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 240 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce and 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.”
Alternate Heating Sources often cause Fatal Fires
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»
State Fire Marshal offers daylight saving time reminder
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak is reminding Tennesseans to change their smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms’ batteries this weekend when they set back their clocks late Saturday night for daylight saving time.
“Detectors, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they’re providing the proper protection,” McPeak says. “Use the extra hour we gain this weekend to make sure your home and family are fire-safe.”
Outdoor cooking among the hidden hazards that lurk in the home
Nashville, TN – Nice weather, cookouts and gatherings are the perfect recipe for summer good times. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans that cooking safety is important, whether indoors or outdoors.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), gas and charcoal grills cause an average of 900 home structure fires and 3,500 home outdoor fires each year. “By all means, enjoy the weather and the cookouts,” says State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak, “but keep fire safety on your mind as you grill.”
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