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Candle with Care

Overview: Candles may be pretty to look at, but they are a cause of home fires — and home fire deaths.

Remember, a candle is an open flame, which means that it can easily ignite anything that can burn. Roughly one-third of home candle fires started in the bedroom. Between 2011 and 2016 in Tennessee, candle fires caused an average of 79 structure fires per year, over $2.4 million of property and contents loss per year, and a total of 12 civilian deaths.

Preventing Scalds & Burns

Overview: A scald injury can happen at any age.

Children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee, and even microwaved soup can cause devastating
injuries. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Most “fire-related injuries” are burns. In fact, approximately every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a burn injury serious enough to require
treatment.

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Heating Hazards; Portable Heaters

Overview: Tennessee suffered 33 deaths from portable heater fires from 2011-2016. An average of 98 portable heating fires and $2.37 million dollars in property loss are reported each year in Tennessee.

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Manufactured Home Safety

Overview: Manufactured homes are transportable structures that are fixed to a chassis and specifically designed to be towed to a residential site. They are not the same as modular or prefabricated homes, which are factory-built and then towed in sections to be installed at a permanent location. The federal government regulates the construction of manufactured housing. Since 1976, manufactured homes have been required to comply with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) manufactured housing construction and safety standards, which cover a wide range of safety requirements, including fire safety. Post-1976 manufactured homes bear a label certifying compliance with these standards. The HUD standard has been enhanced over the years, and the HUD "Final Rule" for smoke alarms in manufactured homes is largely based upon NFPA 501. Today, new construction of manufactured housing is required to contain, among other provisions:

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Wood Stoves/Alternative Heating

Overview: Heating is one of the primary known causes of fires during the cold months (December, January, and February) in Tennessee. From 2011-2014, heating was responsible for 7% of all structure fires and 11% of all structure fire deaths. Alternative heating sources (wood stoves, chimneys, space heaters, etc.) are common in Tennessee and are just as hazardous as traditional heating sources (electric, gas).

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Cooking Safety – Turkey Fryers

On Thanksgiving Day, many families customarily spend the holiday inside their home or the home of a friend or family member with the family dinner being the highlight of the day. Because of this holiday custom, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with three times the average number. 

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Contact Us

Fire Code Enforcement
120 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37862
Fax 865.453.5518

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Fire Marshal JC Green
Office 865.868.1709