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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office now accepting Volunteer Firefighter Grant Program Applications

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces that applications will be accepted starting Friday, February 14th, 2020, from volunteer fire departments for grants through the newly established Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program.

Created through legislation overseen by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, the program earmarks $500,000 for the purchase of firefighting equipment by Tennessee’s volunteer fire departments or to help volunteer departments meet local match requirements for federal grants for purchasing equipment.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Grant Program Aims to Support Tennessee’s 575 Volunteer Fire Departments.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Grant Program Aims to Support Tennessee’s 575 Volunteer Fire Departments.

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Tennesseans to Remember Fire Safety Ahead of Winter’s Arrival

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – With the first day of winter (December 21st) less than two weeks away, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Nashville Fire Department, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association are urging Tennesseans to remember fire safety this winter to help reduce home fires.

Representatives from all three groups gathered at the Nashville Fire Department Training Academy in Nashville to demonstrate the dangers of a Christmas tree when not properly maintained and the benefits of a working home fire sprinkler system.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office joined Nashville Fire and the National Fire Sprinkler Association to raise awareness of the importance of home fire safety and home fire sprinklers during winter on Dec. 11, 2019.

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office joined Nashville Fire and the National Fire Sprinkler Association to raise awareness of the importance of home fire safety and home fire sprinklers during winter on Dec. 11, 2019.

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Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office says Practice Good Fire Safety Habits With Your Christmas Tree

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Christmas trees are among the cornerstones of holiday celebrations. They’re lovely reminders of childhood, family traditions, and natural beauty. But a Christmas tree can also be among the deadliest of household fire hazards when they aren’t properly maintained or when they’re kept near heat sources.

While fire departments only respond to an average of 200 Christmas tree fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), those fires are far more deadly than other home fires.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Keep Halloween Safe With Simple Fire Safety Tips

 

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Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Halloween traditions such as jack-o’-lanterns, trick-or-treating, and so-called “haunted houses” bring families and friends together each year to celebrate fall in festive, memorable ways. Unfortunately, Halloween’s activities also carry fire safety risks that could result in injuries or, worse, a fatality.

According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says “Fire Challenge” Poses Health, Safety Threat to Young People

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – As national news outlets report another young person being severely injured while taking a so-called “fire challenge”, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Tennessee parents, children, and educators that dousing yourself (or others) in a flammable liquid and then setting that liquid on fire carries potentially tragic and possible criminal consequences for all involved.

Since 2012, there have been several incidents of children sustaining severe burns after participating in so-called “fire challenges.” (The SFMO does not have any information about similar incidents occurring in Tennessee.)

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Promotes National Fire Prevention Week

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is raising awareness of the importance of home fire escape planning  as part of consumers’ overall home fire safety plans during National Fire Prevention Week (October 6th-12th).

This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” which educates consumers about the small but important steps they can take every day to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

Montgomery County home recently destroyed by fire. Smoke alarms gave the family the time needed to get out of the house before it was engulfed in flames.

Montgomery County home recently destroyed by fire. Smoke alarms gave the family the time needed to get out of the house before it was engulfed in flames.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Don’t Give Fire Safety a Vacation this Summer

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Tennesseans to not send fire safety on a summer vacation. Overall, summer is statistically less deadly than winter when it comes to fires.

However, summer comes with its own set of dangers that parents and homeowners shouldn’t forget. Remember: Your family’s survival during a home fire this summer could depend on the preparations you take today.  

Historical fire data from the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS) illustrates some of the fire risks during the summertime.

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Outdoor Grilling

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Tennessee Fire Marshal says leave Fireworks to the Experts this Independence Day

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding residents of the Volunteer State about the dangers associated with consumer fireworks ahead of Independence Day festivities. The SFMO urges Tennesseans to leave the fireworks to the experts this Independence Day.

“Watching a fireworks display is a fun Fourth of July tradition for many Tennesseans,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Interim Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Carter Lawrence.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reports that Consumer Fireworks Caused $1M in Damages and 419 Unintended Fires from 2014-2018.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reports that Consumer Fireworks Caused $1M in Damages and 419 Unintended Fires from 2014-2018.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal gives Music Festival Safety Tips

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding music fans to always incorporate safety into their festival plans.

With the official start of summer ahead, music lovers are counting down the days until the kick-off of Tennessee’s outdoor festival season.

Upcoming events like CMA Fest in Nashville (June 6th-9th), Bonnaroo in Manchester (June 13th-16th) and others throughout the year.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office says Home Fire Sprinklers Can Buy Time, Save Lives in Home Fires

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is raising awareness of the life-saving capabilities of residential fire sprinkler systems to commemorate the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Home Fire Sprinkler Week (May 19th–25th).

With fires burning hotter and faster than ever before, every second counts when escaping a home fire.

Home fire sprinklers can provide valuable peace of mind to homeowners residing in newly constructed or renovated homes that were constructed with modern building materials, which can burn faster and hotter than “legacy” building materials.

Civilian death rate is 81% lower in a home with fire sprinklers than in homes without them.

Civilian death rate is 81% lower in a home with fire sprinklers than in homes without them.

 

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