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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Don’t Let Your Summer Barbecue Go up in Smoke

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – While summer is the perfect time to break out the grill and spend time with family and friends, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is alerting Tennesseans to the dangers that accompany outdoor grilling season.

From 2013-2017, Tennessee fire departments responded to 200 fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues. Those fires resulted in four civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries, and $3.4 million in property damage, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS).

Grilling-Related Fires Resulted in Injuries, $3.4M in Property Damages from 2013-17

Grilling-Related Fires Resulted in Injuries, $3.4M in Property Damages from 2013-17

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Only Licensed Professionals Can Operate Sky Lanterns in Tennessee

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN –  Warmer weather means outdoor events like parties, weddings, and concerts where sky lanterns can often be found. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding concertgoers that sky lanterns—which are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by flame—can only be operated in the Volunteer State by licensed fireworks professionals.

State law defines sky lanterns as special fireworks that can only be purchased and used by individuals with a professional license (such as a certified flame effect operator, certified outdoor display operator or certified proximate pyrotechnic operator). (They are also known as Chinese lanterns or wish lanterns.)

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Leave Sky Lanterns and Other Special Light Displays to the Experts.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Leave Sky Lanterns and Other Special Light Displays to the Experts.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Provides Guidance, Adopts New Codes To Enhance School Safety

 

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges School Districts To Create Comprehensive Plans For Emergencies

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – In an effort to provide greater flexibility and clarity to Tennessee educators when planning for school safety emergencies, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) today announces new guidance for classroom safety in addition to the adoption of the National Fire Protection Association 2018 Life Safety Code rules for classroom safety measures.

During annual inspections of classrooms, inspectors will no longer issue citations for barricade devices so long as the devices are not attached to a door nor deployed during an inspection.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office gives tips to Ensure your Vacation is as Fire Safe as it is Fun

 

Remembering Hotel/Motel Safety Tips Make Summer Traveling Safer

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the school year comes to a close, many Tennesseans will soon embark on family vacations. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds travelers to incorporate fire safety into travel plans when hitting the road for your summer retreat.

“Hotels and motels often become your temporary residence when traveling, so it’s important that you and your family are familiar with your surroundings and have a plan just in case an emergency arises,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.

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Clarksville Marina passes Tennessee State Fire Marshal Inspection

 

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Agency Urges Consumers Be Wary of Electric Shock Drowning During Summer

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With the arrival of summer and boating season, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces the successful completion of all inspections of Tennessee’s public marinas and docks.

The Clarksville Marina at Liberty Park in Clarksville, TN passed SFMO inspection. The inspection was completed December 21st, 2016.

The marina inspection program was created after the passage of Public Chapter 923 (2014)— more commonly referred to as the Noah Dean and Nate Act.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Promotes Arson Awareness Week

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) Fire Investigations Section joins the United States Fire Administration (USFA) in promoting Arson Awareness Week (May 6th-12th) in Tennessee. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Reducing Arson at Vacant and Abandoned Buildings.”

Vacant and abandoned buildings hurt a community’s image, but they can also result in increased criminal activity and public safety concerns. Nationwide, about 23,800 vacant residential building fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 75 deaths, 200 injuries and $785 million in property loss, according to the USFA.

Arson Awareness Week

Arson Awareness Week

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Only Install Home Security Bars with Quick-Release Device

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Security bars are a common method of household protection against burglary. While burglar bars keep criminals out, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) warns consumers that, in the event of a fire, bars without a quick-release device can block crucial exits and trap residents inside a burning home.

According to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS), between 2012 and 2016, 12 residents died in home fires where security bars were a contributing factor to the fire death. Ten of the 12 deaths occurred in a single incident in Memphis that claimed the lives of three adults and seven children in September 2016.

Between 2012 and 2016, 12 Residents Died In Home Fires Where Security Bars Hindered Escape.

Between 2012 and 2016, 12 Residents Died In Home Fires Where Security Bars Hindered Escape.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Promotes May as Building Safety Month

 

National Campaign Brings Awareness to Life-Saving Capabilities of Building Codes

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As the prevalence of new construction continues to increase across the Volunteer State, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared May 2018 as Building Safety Month to increase public awareness of the critical role building codes play in ensuring fire and life safety.

The International Code Council (ICC) created Building Safety Month 38 years ago to reinforce the importance of code adoption and celebrate the victories of building codes in saving lives during disasters. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is proud to join Governor Haslam and the ICC in promoting the annual campaign.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal states Most Home Fire Deaths Caused by Smoke, Not Flames

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Home is the place people feel safest from fire, but it’s actually the place they’re at greatest risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 80 percent of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home. Most home fire fatalities, however, are not caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation.

To help prevent these tragedies, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding residents that the early detection capabilities of a working smoke alarm can mean the difference between life and death.

Most home fire fatalities are caused by smoke inhalation. A working smoke alarm can be a live safer.

Most home fire fatalities are caused by smoke inhalation. A working smoke alarm can be a live safer.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal and State Forester Promote Wildfire Awareness This Spring

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The arrival of spring means Tennesseans will head outdoors to spruce up their homes and properties. Homeowners often burn debris and brush during spring time, which can lead to an increase in dangerous uncontrolled burns and wildfires.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry want consumers who plan on outdoor burning this year to remember that wildfires can produce disastrous results when safety precautions are not taken.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal and State Forester urge you to be safe when burning debris.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal and State Forester urge you to be safe when burning debris.

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