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Fire Safety Demonstrations Held Friday At Bicentennial Mall

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - October is Fire Prevention Month. The State Fire Marshal's Office is presenting fire safety information on Friday at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"For too many years, Tennessee has occupied an undesirable ranking in the country for fire deaths. One fire death is too many, honestly. Friday, we'll be talking about the steps we will be taking, along with local fire departments, to reverse this horrible trend through education and support," Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said.

There will be safety demonstrations, and personnel will be on hand to present fire safety information. You can also tour the Bomb and Arson Squad's Special Operations Response Team truck.

McPeak said in a news release, "We want Tennesseans to be aware of risks in the home that can lead to fatal fires. For example, falling asleep while smoking in bed or in a comfortable chair remains a significant cause of fire deaths in Tennessee. Having operable smoke alarms in the home makes a significant difference in enabling someone to escape a burning home."

If you can't make it out to hear the tips first hand, here are some tips to share with your family:

  • Don't keep space heaters too close to bedding or drapes.
  • Don't burn candles or incense near flammable materials.
  • Don't use frayed cables, extension cords or holiday lighting sets, overloading wall outlets and surge protectors.
  • Be sure to properly store or dispose of chemicals.
  • Practice home escape plan with your entire family.
  • Replace smoke alarms' batteries when adjusting clocks for daylight saving time. Do that on November 6, when daylight saving time ends and clocks are set back an hour this year.
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