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Tennessee Fire Marshal reports Tennessee Fire Death Rate Hits New Low In 2015

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – For the second consecutive year, Tennessee fire deaths decreased to a new state-record low while the number of lives saved by smoke alarms installed by the state’s fire departments continues to climb.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces today that fewer unintentional structure fire fatalities occurred in 2015 than in any year in recorded Tennessee history, including a milestone year achieved last year.

Seventy-two (72) people died in accidental home fires across the state in 2015 — down from 76 fatalities in 2014. Both years were record-breaking improvements compared to 2013’s fire fatality total of 100.

Tennessee fire deaths have decreased for the second straight year.

Tennessee fire deaths have decreased for the second straight year.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal asks everyone to be ready Ahead of January Winter Storm

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Forecasters expect a significant winter storm to sweep across Tennessee this weekend that could cause power outages, traffic delays and numerous safety risks.  Ahead of the storm’s arrival, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans that it’s crucial to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.

“Ice, snow and cold temperatures can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the devastation that can accompany winter weather conditions.”

Take Fire Safety Seriously During Cold Weather Months.

Take Fire Safety Seriously During Cold Weather Months.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Safe Generator Use During Winter Weather

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As cold weather sweeps across Tennessee, home and business owners may rely on portable generators during occasional power outages to operate their electrical equipment such as heating units, computers, water pumps and lighting.

While portable generators can provide a quick fix, they can also pose unseen hazards that can have long-lasting effects. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that following some basic tips can ensure safe generator use every time.

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

Portable Generators Pose a Serious Carbon Monoxide Hazard

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Tennessee Department of Health says Winter Weather brings Increased Risk for Carbon Monoxide Issues

 

Simple Safety Precautions May Save Lives

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Many of us do it:  when winter weather arrives, we try to make our homes as airtight as possible or try alternative heating methods to save money on heating costs.

While energy conservation is certainly important, so too is protecting your personal and family health. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urge residents to know about potential home health and safety hazards during the winter months.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Tennesseans to Ring in the New Year Safely

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Whether your New Year’s plans involve a cozy night at home or a big night out on the town, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants Tennesseans to add fire safety to the celebration agenda.

“No matter where you choose to celebrate the new year, be sure to do it safely,” says Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Leave fireworks to the professionals and have emergency escape plans in place for not only your home, but for public venues as well.”

Follow Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Safety Tips if using Fireworks this New Year's Holiday.

Follow Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Safety Tips if using Fireworks this New Year’s Holiday.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office announces New Accelerant Detecting K-9 joins State Bomb & Arson Team

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb & Arson Section welcomes Special Agent/K-9 Handler Michael Zimmermann and K-9 Scooter as the newest accelerant detection K-9 team for Middle Tennessee region.

Zimmermann, 37, and Scooter recently completed intensive training courses at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Canine Training Center in Front Royal, VA K-9 Scooter, who is a 1-year-old Golden Labrador, is an accelerant detection K-9 and trained to detect the odors found in flammable liquids. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal asks Tennesseans to Deck the Halls with Care

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, certain types of fires and injuries associated with decorating are all too common and can put a damper on holiday celebrations.

“December is the peak month for home candle fires,” Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said. “Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. To decrease your risk for a home fire, keep safety in mind as you deck the halls this season.”

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Fire Safety for Christmas Trees

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Tennesseans to always keep natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees watered in order to avoid the fire risk created when they are allowed to dry out.

“A dry tree is a dangerous tree,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Deputy Commissioner Gary West. “Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree’s moisture content by keeping it in water significantly reduces the chance that its needles will dry out and create a fire hazard.”

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Reminds Tennesseans to Heat Homes Safely

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans to keep safe and warm as colder weather becomes more common across the state. Residents are urged to use extra caution with the use of alternate heat sources.

“The arrival of colder weather means many people will begin to heat their homes with fireplaces, woodstoves, and space heaters,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “The drop in temperature traditionally brings a rise in fire deaths and injuries due to the use of these alternate heat sources.”

Heating equipment is a major cause of house fires.

Heating equipment is a major cause of house fires.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Safety During Thanksgiving Season

 

Tennessee Residents Lost Over $8.8 Million In Cooking-Related Fires in 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to avoid being careless or distracted when it comes to kitchen safety as families gather to give thanks for a prosperous year.

National and state statistics show Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment. The results in Tennessee were devastating. In 2014, Tennessee residents sustained over $8.8 million in property losses due to fires involving cooking materials.

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