Stations & Apparatus
News & Information
|Please click the following link for
application. Martin Fire Department Application|
FIRE-SAFE IN TENNESSEE
Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office
CONTACT: D. Christopher Garrett
March 6, 2013
or Claire Marsalis
State Fire Marshal urges safety in the wake of recent fire deaths
clocks and smoke alarm batteries this weekend
TN – With
the loss of 11 lives to residential structure fires since Feb. 28, the State
Fire Marshal’s Office is encouraging all Tennesseans to change their smoke
alarm batteries when they change their clocks Saturday night for daylight
those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and
should be tested monthly to ensure they’re providing the proper protection,” State
Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating
the nine home fire deaths that have occurred across Tennessee since Saturday. Several
of these fires occurred at night or early morning while the victims were
sleeping. The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to
sleep more deeply, narrowing the chances of surviving a fire. A working smoke
alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a
person has to escape a fire in their home.
In the United States, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths
happen in homes with no working smoke alarms. It is critical to install smoke
alarms and replace batteries regularly. Twice a year is recommended. This
reduces the chance of alarms chirping to indicate low batteries. All too often,
a battery is removed and not replaced, putting a home’s occupants at risk.
There’s no way to predict when a fire will occur; so, even one night without an
operational smoke alarm can be dangerous.
Here are some
other helpful hints on the importance of smoke alarms:
- Smoke alarms
should be installed in every room where an occupant sleeps, outside every
sleeping area and on each level of the home, including the basement. Make sure
everyone can hear the alarm and knows what it sounds like.
- For the best protection, equip your home
with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms.
or vacuum your smoke alarms whenever the battery is changed. Follow the
manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. The instructions are included in the
package or can be found on the Internet.
- Devise a fire escape plan with two ways out of
every room, and be sure to teach it to all who live in the home, including
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get out of the home
immediately and go to your pre-planned meeting place.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable
(long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If
the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke
alarm right away.
- Test alarms once a month
using the test button. Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old
or doesn't work properly when tested.
Davy Crockett Tower, 10th Floor 500 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, Tennessee 37234
Tennessee Department of Forestry
Burning Permits Outside City Limits
The following tips should be followed when it is safe to conduct a debris burn:
with local authorities to make sure there are no local restrictions on
burning currently in place, especially in cities and towns that have
their own burning permit system.
- Notify your local fire department and neighbors to let them know your plans to burn
- Do not burn on windy days
- Stay abreast of changing weather conditions
- Establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles
- Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water)
- Stay with the fire until it is completely out.
permits focus attention on the safe use of fire. From October 15
through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a
forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from
the Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in
containers such as a metal barrel with a ½" mesh screen cover. Anyone
needing to burn within an incorporated city should contact city
authorities about any local burning ordinances. Many towns and cities
have their own burning regulations that supersede the Division of
Forestry’s burning permit program.
Permits are free of charge
and may be obtained by calling the phone number for the county in which
the burning will be done or by filling out the online form. Burning
permits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30
p.m., except on holidays. Permits may be obtained in advance for
weekends and holidays.
For information on what materials may
NOT be burned in Tennessee, please visit Tennessee Department of
Environment and Conservation's Open Burning Guidelines by clicking here. To report illegal burning, please call toll-free 1-888-891-TDEC