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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Care with Christmas Trees

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – While opinions may differ on how soon is too soon to put up holiday decorations, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that one thing is not up for debate: Dry and neglected Christmas trees can cause fires.

To avoid a devastating home fire, the SFMO encourages Tennesseans to keep fire safety in mind when trimming the tree this holiday season.

Each year, fire departments nationwide respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Warns of Increased Fire, Carbon Monoxide Risks During Heating Season

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Although Tennessee is experiencing mild temperatures this week, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that winter is indeed coming, and bringing with it an increased risk for home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SFMO urges consumers to take safety measures to avoid the hazards that can result from using household heating appliances during the cold weather seasons.

“Statistics consistently show a substantial uptick in fire fatalities during heating season,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

From 2012-2016, Tennessee Fire Departments responded to 2,938 home structure fires that involved heating equipment.

From 2012-2016, Tennessee Fire Departments responded to 2,938 home structure fires that involved heating equipment.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Safety in the Kitchen this Thanksgiving

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As families prepare to gather for Thanksgiving Day feasts this Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to incorporate good cooking safety habits into their plans in order to avoid a holiday home fire.

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment, with three times the average number.  An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Here in the Volunteer State, 18 percent of reported home structure fires in 2016 involved cooking equipment.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Misuse of Electric Cords Can Lead to Fires

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Electricity helps make our lives easier, but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans that the dangers of electrical hazards are always present and warns of common hazards such as overloaded electrical outlets, arcing, and extension cords.

According to SFMO data, electrical wiring, outlets, cords and plugs accounted for 9.51 percent of all structure fires and 14.38 percent of all structure fire deaths in Tennessee between 2012 and 2016.

According to SFMO data, electrical wiring, outlets, cords and plugs accounted for 9.51 percent of all structure fires and 14.38 percent of all structure fire deaths in Tennessee between 2012 and 2016.

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Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office says Don’t Forget Smoke Alarm Batteries When You ‘Fall Back’ This Weekend

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Get an extra hour of sleep this weekend when you “fall back” for daylight saving time, but keep your peace of mind all year long by changing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Tennesseans should turn their clocks backward one hour at 2:00am on Sunday, November 5th, 2017.

“Even alarms that are hard-wired should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection,” State Fire Marshal and Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “Daylight saving time is the perfect time to ensure your home’s smoke alarms are working. Use the extra hour we gain this weekend to make sure your home and family are fire-safe.”

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Shares Halloween Fire Safety Tips

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With Halloween festivities in full swing, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) encourages Tennesseans to keep safety in mind in order to avoid the fire risks commonly linked to Halloween decorations and activities.   

“A few simple safety measures can help keep your Halloween celebration plans both fun and fire-free,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Candles are a major culprit for holiday fires, so we urge Tennesseans to use extra caution if using open flames around fall decorations and Halloween costumes.” 

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges Tennesseans to have a safe Halloween.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges Tennesseans to have a safe Halloween.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says think Safety First when Visiting Haunted Houses this Halloween Season

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Consumers might know them as haunted houses or haunted mansions. But in Tennessee, they’re called Special Amusement Buildings – and they have their own set of regulations.

As the Halloween season ramps up, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that safety features at Special Amusement Buildings are in place to help protect visitors and eliminate real-life scares.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Shares Tips for Students Moving into Off-Campus Housing

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With the month of August underway, many Tennessee college students are preparing to move into rental apartments and houses—some for the first time.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) urges first-time renters to be aware of their rights as tenants and to practice fire safety in their off-campus home.    

                   

TDCI urges Students to be aware of their renters rights and to practice fire safety in off-campus housing.

TDCI urges Students to be aware of their renters rights and to practice fire safety in off-campus housing.

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Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office Emphasizes the Role Fire Safety Plays in Schools

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the start of the fall school semester approaches, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds residents that the fire-safe behavior and habits children learn in school help keep them from harm while inside a school’s walls and sets the stage for a lifetime of fire safety awareness.

“We want school staff, students and parents to understand the importance of school fire safety planning and inspections for code compliance,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “SFMO inspectors work diligently to uphold established school fire codes. Those codes are designed to prevent fire deaths and injuries and, in many cases, are a direct response to a tragedy that occurred in our nation’s past.”

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Offers Home Safety Tips for National Pet Fire Safety Day

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Tennessee animal lovers know that pets can be a great source of companionship. Unfortunately, pet owners may be unaware of how easily animals can not only be the victim of a home fire, but the unintentional cause of a fire as well.

In recognition of National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15th, 2017), the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office offers important tips to keep pets, people, and property safe from fire.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is Saturday, July 15th, 2017.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is Saturday, July 15th, 2017.

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