City/County Fire Agencies Offer Holiday Safety Tips
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:51 pm
Thanksgiving festivities are going on this week and the Christmas season is right around the corner... Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue, Rutherford County Fire-Rescue, and the La Vergne and Smyrna Fire Departments are offering advice on how to keep your holiday safe and free from fire!
"When our agencies come together like this to share important information, it is to better improve the safety of all of our communities," said LVFD Assistant Chief Chris Clark.
Fire precaution is especially import with Middle Tennessee in the midst of a Phase 2 Drought. We urge citizens to take extra precautions with the increase of fire hazards this time of the year. "Fires, injuries, and property loss associated with holiday cooking and decorating are all too common," said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. National and State statistics show that house fires involving cooking equipment are most common during the Thanksgiving holiday, with the leading contributing factor being unattended cooking.
Here are some tips on how to cook and decorate smart this holiday:
With colder air finally making its way into Tennessee, we would like to encourage all Tennesseans to take precautionary measures while heating your home. Heating equipment that may have been idle most of the year should be thoroughly checked. Carbon monoxide positioning is also a danger when temperatures drop. Sources of carbon monoxide in the home can include oil and gas furnaces, gas water heaters, wood and gas fireplaces, gas ranges and ovens, gas or kerosene space heaters, and wood stoves. According to data from the Department of Health, six people died in Tennessee in 2015 as a result of non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning.
Lastly, please keep in mind that all of Middle Tennessee is in severe to extreme drought. A burn ban is in effect for both Rutherford County and the cities of Murfreesboro, La Vergne, and Smyrna. For Rutherford County and the city of La Vergne, this includes: grills, fire pits, bon fires, commercial burning, etc. Murfreesboro and Smyrna have not banned grills and are allowing burning in fire pits that are commercially constructed and up off of the ground (i.e. chimineas). Both the grill and fire pit must be attended at all times by a competent person and must have an extinguishing agent such as a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby. There are also measures that you can use to keep your home safe from brush and/or wildfires.
For more information, please visit: http://www.burnsafetn.org/firewise.html.
"We want your holiday to be a special and enjoyable time with your families and friends," said MFRD Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. "The last thing we want is to respond to an emergency call to your home!"
MFRD has a Holiday Safety PSA running on Murfreesboro's City Channel 3 and is also available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/aFPpZD6g9pw.
If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local fire department. Remember, no question is a silly question if it saves your life!