Topic: Tennessee State Fire Marshal
Nashville, 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»
Help burn out arson during Arson Awareness Week
Nashville, 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»
Nashville, 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»
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, 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»
Tennessee Department of Agriculture reminds Tennesseans that Burn Permits required through May 15th, 2014
Record low number of fires in 2013
Nashville, TN – With Spring drawing near, Tennesseans begin to take advantage of the mild weather to do some outdoor work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind citizens that if they are considering doing outdoor burning, a burn permit is required.
In 2013, the Division of Forestry recorded the lowest number of wildland fires since 1927. There were a total of 639 wildfires that burned 9,033 acres (lowest burned acreage was 7,110 in 2003). Increased efforts in fire prevention and suppression contributed to this record low, and landowners getting burn permits to conduct safe debris burning played a major role in that effort. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak reminds Tennesseans to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when they change their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time. McPeak also urges everyone to consider the age of their smoke alarms.
“Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection,” McPeak says. “It is also important to note that any smoke alarm that is 10-years-old or older should be replaced entirely.”
Candle Fires are Preventable
Nashville, TN – Decorative and fragranced candles are a popular piece of décor in many homes, but they are also a major concern for fire service professionals and other safety organizations. When used improperly, candles may cause significant loss of life, property, and/or cause substantial injuries.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans to use candles with care. «Read the rest of this article»
Keep pipes warm to maintain sprinkler systems
Nashville, TN – As the weather again rushes to or below zero, the State Fire Marshal wishes to remind building owners that it is important to take steps to prevent freeze-ups of water-based fire protection systems, such as automatic fire sprinkler systems.
“While designers and installers of sprinkler systems take into account the variety of seasonal temperatures during installation, normal precautions should be taken to keep both the building and the fire sprinkler system warm,” said Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Like with all water-containing pipes, freezing temperatures can cause pipes to break or leak, resulting in problems during operation in the event of a fire. As we have seen, freezing temperatures outside also make it more difficult to utilize external sources for fire suppression, increasing the importance of the building’s internal systems.” «Read the rest of this article»
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