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Leave Fireworks to the Experts this Fourth of July

July 2, 2018

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO)

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is raising awareness of the dangers posed by consumer fireworks and urging Tennesseans to leave the fireworks to the pros instead of risking their lives and possibly breaking the law by detonating fireworks themselves.

“July Fourth is a great opportunity to celebrate our nation’s independence with friends and family,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “The best way to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe Fourth is to join other community members in attending public fireworks displays put on by trained and licensed professionals.”

Consumer Fireworks Caused $1M in Damages, One Death and 412 Unintended Fires from 2013-2017

Consumer Fireworks Caused $1M in Damages, One Death and 412 Unintended Fires from 2013-2017

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Urges Consumers To Be Wary of Scammers Ahead of New Medicare Cards

June 20, 2018

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN -With new Medicare cards slated to arrive in Tennessee sometime after June, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is warning Medicare beneficiaries to be wary of scammers who might use the cards’ pending arrival as an opportunity to fleece unsuspecting consumers.

Federal laws enacted last year required the removal of Social Security numbers (SSNs) from old Medicare beneficiary cards.

New Medicare Card

New Medicare Card

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

June 17, 2018

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office

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 Provides Guidance, Adopts New Codes To Enhance School Safety

June 5, 2018

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 Consumer Affairs offers Tips to Avoid Summer Job Scams

June 2, 2018

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says If a Summer Job Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – As the school year comes to a close, many students are searching for a way to earn money during summer break. T

he Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is advising Tennesseans of all ages to be wary of job announcements that promise more than they can deliver.

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

May 29, 2018

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 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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Tennessee Consumer Affairs Offers Tips for a Scam-Free Summer Vacation

May 27, 2018

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With Memorial Day (May 28th) kicking off the unofficial start of summer vacation season, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to be on the lookout for scammers and identity thieves who target summer travelers. 

It's Summer Vacation Time.

It’s Summer Vacation Time.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Offers Tips on Auto Insurance, Car Buying for New Grads

May 21, 2018

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With graduation season in full swing, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) offers insurance and safety tips to new graduates who plan on buying a new car before departing for college or entering the workforce.

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission and Insurance Division Offer Consumer Tips.

Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission and Insurance Division Offer Consumer Tips.

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SFMO Promotes Arson Awareness Week

May 11, 2018

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

May 2, 2018

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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