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  • SFMO: Keep Lighters, Matches out of Children’s Reach and Sight

    Friday, August 10, 2018 | 10:02am

    NASHVILLE – While matches and lighters are useful resources to adults, curious children may use them to unintentionally start fires. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is urging parents to talk to their kids about the safe uses of matches and lighters, while ensuring these tools are stored in a secure location out of children’s reach and sight.

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  • TDCI, NAIC Share Tips on Flood Insurance, What to Do During a Flood

    Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 07:56am

    NASHVILLE – Flooding is the most common and expensive natural disaster in the U.S., according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Floods cost our nation nearly $8.2 billion annually. Yet, a 2016 Insurance Information Institute poll found that only 12 percent of U.S. homeowners have flood insurance. In Tennessee, most homeowners don’t have flood insurance. To raise awareness of the importance of flood insurance, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) offer tips and information to help consumers better understand the importance of flood insurance.

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  • Go ‘Back to School’ with Education and Information from TDCI

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 08:32am

    NASHVILLE – With a new school year getting underway this week for residents of the Volunteer State, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is reminding consumers that education doesn’t stop in the classroom. TDCI’s divisions are offering consumers tips and reminders to help ensure your back-to-school season is safe and scam-free.

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  • Scammers Use Technology as Platform to Swindle Tennesseans

    Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 08:52am

    NASHVILLE – As technology is increasingly prevalent in our daily lives, scammers are using these new tools to reinvent their schemes and swindle unsuspecting consumers. To help raise consumer awareness, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is reminding Volunteer State residents to be on the lookout for con artists using technology as their platform to perpetrate scams.

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  • SFMO: Ensure Children Know When to “Stop, Drop, & Roll”

    Monday, July 30, 2018 | 07:58am

    NASHVILLE – Stop, drop, and roll is one of the oldest and most well-known fire safety messages, but it’s not the only fire safety message you or your family should remember during a fire emergency. The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds parents that children may get the ‘stop, drop and roll’ message confused with other equally important home fire safety messages. With a new school year on the horizon, the SFMO is encouraging parents to talk to their kids about when to stop, drop, and roll.

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  • Keep Your Home Safe during Summer Travels

    Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 08:32am

    NASHVILLE – Whether your vacation plans include sunshine, mountain vistas, or ocean waves, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance reminds consumers to evaluate their insurance risks and needs before setting off to recharge with family and friends this summer.

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  • TDCI: Don’t Let Timeshare Scammers Leave You Without a Vacation

    Monday, July 23, 2018 | 08:31am

    NASHVILLE – If you’ve gone on vacation in a resort-populated area, it’s likely you’ve been offered to join a timeshare seminar. With vacation season in full swing, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is offering tips to help consumers avoid common scams and potentially unfair or deceptive sales tactics involving timeshares.

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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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