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  • SFMO Reminds Tennesseans to Have & Practice Home Escape Plan

    Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 08:10am

    NASHVILLE – It’s a scenario no one wants to think about: You wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of a smoke alarm and your room quickly filling with smoke. While research shows many Americans think they have ample time to escape a house fire, the reality is that you could have as little as one or two minutes before being overcome by smoke. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Tennesseans that the best way to ensure a safe escape is to plan and practice a home fire escape plan.

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  • TDCI Warns Parents of the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for Teen Drivers

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 01:16pm

    NASHVILLE – Summertime traditionally brings family vacations, relaxation, and plans for a new school year. But AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety reports a more perilous side to summer as over 1,050 people were killed in auto crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s an average of 10 deaths per day—an increase of 14 percent compared to other times of the year. Speed and nighttime driving were significant factors contributing toward the number of crashes and fatalities.

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  • TDCI: New Consumer Protection Laws Protect, Empower Tennesseans

    Friday, July 13, 2018 | 10:07am

    NASHVILLE – Tennesseans now have greater protection from military impersonators, improved assistance when recovering from identity theft and cannot be charged by credit reporting companies when enacting security freezes, among other new protections. Those improvements are courtesy of several consumer-oriented laws passed earlier this year by the Tennessee General Assembly.

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  • SFMO Reminds Consumers to Close the Door on Fire

    Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 07:48am

    NASHVILLE – Even though school is out, fire safety is still in session this summer and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding Volunteer State residents of the lifesaving capabilities of a common household fixture: a door.

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  • State Fire Marshal: Don’t Give Fire Safety A Summer Vacation

    Monday, June 25, 2018 | 07:38am

    NASHVILLE – With the arrival of summer, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to not send fire safety on vacation this year. Although summer in Tennessee has not proven to be as deadly as winter, historical fire data gathered from Tennessee fire departments reveals that summertime brings the Volunteer State its own set of fire-related dangers.

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  • TDCI Shares Tips on Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    Friday, June 15, 2018 | 07:03am

    NASHVILLE – With elder abuse being an ever-increasing problem, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed June 15, 2018 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Tennessee. In anticipation of this day, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Securities and Consumer Affairs divisions offer tips to help seniors avoid falling victim to identity theft and financial abuse.

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  • SFMO: Only Licensed Professionals Can Operate Sky Lanterns in Tennessee

    Thursday, June 07, 2018 | 01:17pm

    NASHVILLE – Warmer weather means outdoor events like parties, weddings, and concerts where sky lanterns can often be found. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding concertgoers that sky lanterns—which are unmanned airborne paper lanterns fueled by flame—can only be operated in the Volunteer State by licensed fireworks professionals.

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