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Tennessee Department of Health says Be Prepared, Home escape plans save lives

April 5, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households estimate that it would take at least six minutes before a fire in their home became life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often much less.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Home Medical Oxygen

March 27, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - The presence of portable, medical oxygen in Tennessee homes has grown over the past decade, and so has the need for education about the fire hazards associated with its use. Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air a patient breathes. If a fire starts in an oxygen-enriched area, the material affected will burn more quickly.

“When more oxygen is present, any fire that starts will burn hotter and faster than usual,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “Tennessee has seen an influx of preventable fires involving medical oxygen. It is crucial to follow safety precautions when medical oxygen is in use in a home.” [Read more]

Tennessee Department of Agriculture reminds Tennesseans that Burn Permits required through May 15th, 2014

March 15, 2014

Record low number of fires in 2013

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – With Spring drawing near, Tennesseans begin to take advantage of the mild weather to do some outdoor work around the home or farm. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry wants to remind citizens that if they are considering doing outdoor burning, a burn permit is required.

In 2013, the Division of Forestry recorded the lowest number of wildland fires since 1927. There were a total of 639 wildfires that burned 9,033 acres (lowest burned acreage was 7,110 in 2003). Increased efforts in fire prevention and suppression contributed to this record low, and landowners getting burn permits to conduct safe debris burning played a major role in that effort. [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal says check your Smoke Alarms when you change your Clocks

March 7, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak reminds Tennesseans to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when they change their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time. McPeak also urges everyone to consider the age of their smoke alarms.

“Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection,” McPeak says. “It is also important to note that any smoke alarm that is 10-years-old or older should be replaced entirely.”

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal says handle Candles with Care

February 27, 2014

Candle Fires are Preventable

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Decorative and fragranced candles are a popular piece of décor in many homes, but they are also a major concern for fire service professionals and other safety organizations. When used improperly, candles may cause significant loss of life, property, and/or cause substantial injuries.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans to use candles with care. [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Safety in Manufactured Homes

January 27, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging residents of manufactured homes – also known as mobile homes or trailers – to practice fire safety. More than 250,000 of these homes exist in Tennessee.

“Fires move more quickly in smaller spaces, leaving occupants with less time to escape. This is why it is crucial to have working smoke alarms installed in all homes,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “Develop and practice a home fire escape with your loved ones so that everyone knows what to do when the alarm sounds.” [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal Issues Order to Waive Propane Delivery Restrictions During State of Emergency

January 24, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN - Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak issued an order this afternoon to exempt Tennessee home and business owners from propane delivery restrictions in order to obtain needed propane.

“Heating homes and businesses is a priority during this cold weather snap,” said McPeak. “This order allows individuals to purchase propane from any dealer with available resources to help keep Tennesseans warm and in business while we manage these frigid temperatures.” [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal asks “Are you using portable heaters safely?”

January 15, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 900 portable heater fires in homes are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 70 deaths, 150 injuries and $53 million in property loss.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of following safety precautions when using portable space heating devices in your home,” said State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “Keeping fire safety in mind can help save lives and property.” [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal says be Winter Weather Wise and Make Fire Safety a Priority

January 8, 2014

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The wave of harsh winter weather rolling through the Volunteer State is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake that includes home fires, frozen pipes, and power outages. The State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind Tennesseans how crucial it is to keep fire safety in mind during the winter months.

“The brutally cold conditions we have experienced this week can drastically increase fire risks during what is already a peak season for residential fires,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “It is crucial to make fire safety a priority in and around our homes to avoid the damage that can accompany frigid temperatures.” [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal Says Bring in 2014 Safely

December 31, 2013

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 is hoping you 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 State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner 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.” [Read more]

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