Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Offices says Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely by Leaving Fireworks to the Pros
July 2, 2014
Nashville, TN - Celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks is a longstanding tradition in the United States. However, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are seriously injured each year due to improper use. State Fire Marshal and Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak encourages Tennesseans to be fireworks smart this Fourth of July by opting to attend organized fireworks displays.
“We encourage Tennesseans to enjoy fireworks at a public display presented by trained professionals where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate the holiday,” McPeak said.
May 29, 2014
Nashville, TN - As the school year comes to a close, many Tennesseans are turning their attention to family vacation plans. The State Fire Marshal’s Office asks that you remember to incorporate fire safety into travel plans before hitting the road for your summer vacation.
“Hotels and motels become a home away from home for travelers, so it is important to become familiar with new surroundings and to have a plan in place should an emergency arise,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. [Read more]
May 26, 2014
Nashville, TN - As spring storms roll through Tennessee, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when lightning is imminent.
“Lightning strikes can cause fires. As the spring’s warmer weather gives rise to storm activity, we want Tennesseans to know what the risks and precautions are,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “It is important to monitor weather conditions and get to a safe place before the climate becomes threatening.” [Read more]
May 12, 2014
Help burn out arson during Arson Awareness Week
Nashville, TN - Every year, the U.S. Fire Administration and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office raises awareness about arson and its impact on our communities.
“Arson destroys more than buildings. It can devastate a community through the decline of the neighborhood with increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue and a decrease in property values,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said. “The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is dedicated to bringing attention to the problem and working to make Tennessee safer.” [Read more]
April 24, 2014
Nashville, TN – Tennessee is known for its dynamic landscape and residents often choose to take advantage of its natural beauty by building homes in or near forests, rural areas, or on mountain sites. These remote locations, though beautiful, come with an increased threat of wildfire.
“Wildfires often begin unnoticed,” Tennessee State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now, before a wildfire starts. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area.” [Read more]
April 23, 2014
Nashville, TN – As warmer weather approaches, many Tennesseans are sprucing up their outdoor property. These maintenance efforts often include the burning of limbs, lumber and other debris.
April 5, 2014
Nashville, 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.
March 27, 2014
Nashville, 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
Nashville, 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]
March 7, 2014
Nashville, 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.”