November 23, 2016
Thanksgiving is the Leading Day for Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment
Nashville, TN – As families prepare to gather for Thanksgiving Day feasts this Thursday, November 24th, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) urges Tennesseans to avoid careless cooking habits that can lead to fires.
Cooking safety is a key component to the SFMO’s recently launched holiday safety campaign, developed in response to an annual increase of home fires during the holiday season.
“The excitement of a Thanksgiving get-together can lead to distractions for holiday cooks,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.
November 21, 2016
Nashville, TN – ‘Tis the season for cheerful decorations, family gatherings, and…home fires? Unfortunately, the holiday season means greater risks of fire hazards as homeowners spend more time indoors in kitchens and installing electrical holiday decorations.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) announces today a new safety campaign to spread awareness of holiday fire risks and the ways they can be avoided. The campaign was launched in response to an annual increase of home fires during the holiday season.
October 27, 2016
Nashville, TN – With Halloween fast approaching, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) wants to remind Tennesseans to take simple safety precautions to keep this year’s Halloween festivities both fun and fire-free.
“Halloween can be an exciting time for kids and adults alike, but Tennessee revelers should pay close attention to hazards posed by candles, decorations, and costumes,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.
August 7, 2016
Nashville, TN – Young firesetters cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office warns Tennesseans of the risk associated with children and fire-starting items, especially novelty lighters.
Novelty lighters resembling children’s toys can attract curious kids who may see these items as fun, but may not recognize them as potential fire hazards. While Tennessee banned the sale of novelty lighters in 2008, these products still represent a potential threat to lives and property.
May 19, 2016
Nashville, TN – With the summer season quickly approaching, music lovers are counting down the days until the kick off of Tennessee’s major outdoor festivals such as Bonnaroo in Manchester, the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival and others across the state.
The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds music fans to always incorporate safety into their plans for summer music, no matter the festival.
April 7, 2016
Nashville, TN – As fire crews contain hundreds of acres of wildfire that are currently burning in Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind the public to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions.
“Negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, injury, property loss and environmental damage,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Care must be taken to ensure that burnings are conducted safely.”
February 25, 2016
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging parents to teach children the importance of fire safety at an early age to prevent the devastation that can result from youth firesetting.
“If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for adults only,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “Children need to understand that fire is fast, difficult to control, and can hurt as soon as it touches you.”
January 18, 2016
Nashville, TN – As cold weather sweeps across Tennessee, home and business owners may rely on portable generators during occasional power outages to operate their electrical equipment such as heating units, computers, water pumps and lighting.
While portable generators can provide a quick fix, they can also pose unseen hazards that can have long-lasting effects. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents that following some basic tips can ensure safe generator use every time.
December 21, 2015
Nashville, TN – The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, certain types of fires and injuries associated with decorating are all too common and can put a damper on holiday celebrations.
“December is the peak month for home candle fires,” Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said. “Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. To decrease your risk for a home fire, keep safety in mind as you deck the halls this season.”
December 10, 2015
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Tennesseans to always keep natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees watered in order to avoid the fire risk created when they are allowed to dry out.
“A dry tree is a dangerous tree,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Deputy Commissioner Gary West. “Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree’s moisture content by keeping it in water significantly reduces the chance that its needles will dry out and create a fire hazard.”