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Tennesseans Reminded To Test Smoke Alarms Monthly

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak reminds homeowners that smoke alarms should be tested at least monthly.

The suggestion is listed in a safety checklist she provided with the onset of cold weather. Tennessee, she said, has a high rate of fire deaths.

Other recommendations:

  • Don't leave decorative candles unattended.
  • Fireplaces should be professionally cleaned before using them during the season.
  • Furniture, clothing and other combustible materials should not be placed in front of permanent heaters like those on walls or on baseboards. If vents blow warm air, this way there will be little worry about the items catching fire.
  • Don't smoke in bed or in a chair.

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