Topic: Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office
Nashville, 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.
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Make sure the only thing going up in smoke is dinner!
Nashville, TN – It is summer in Tennessee and that means its grilling time for many residents. Although, outdoor cooking is a long-cherished tradition for most families, it also increases the possibility of fire-related incidents and injuries.
Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires.
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Nashville, 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»
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 – To help raise awareness of building safety, Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office proudly proclaim May as Building Safety Month.
Building Safety Month is a public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy-efficient homes and buildings. «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.
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»
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»
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»
Nashville, TN – An Oak Ridge Nursing Home is thankful for their sprinkler system after a fire broke out on the premises. All residents were safely evacuated and property damage contained to one room because of their sprinkler system.
This news comes at the same time as investigators comb through the fire devastated ruins of an assisted living community in L’isle Verte, Quebec where 25 residents lost their lives. The major difference between the two fires is that the assisted living building in Oak Ridge was equipped with a working sprinkler system. «Read the rest of this article»