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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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Winter Weather

• Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January & February. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.
• Did you know that heating equipment is involved in one in every six reported home fires (and one in every five home fire deaths)?
• January is the deadliest month for fires. 15% of all fire deaths occur in January.
• The 2nd week of January is the deadliest week, nearly twice as deadly as the average week.
• Heating is the leading cause of fatal fires in January (26%).
• West TN has the most fire deaths in January.
• There are 23 home fires every day in January, about one per hour.
• In January, there is an increase in the number of fire deaths in mobile or manufactured homes. 23% of all fire deaths in January occur in mobile or manufactured homes compared to 16% for all months.

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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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Holiday Cooking Safety

Overview: Christmas and Christmas Eve are two of the top three most dangerous days when it comes to cooking fires in the country. With the majority of people spending a significant amount of time in their kitchen preparing holiday meals during this time, it is important to remember basic cooking safety technique. Don’t let your holidays be ruined by a kitchen fire!

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New Year’s Celebration Safety: Places of Public Assembly/Fireworks

Overview: Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work or school, and take part in social events. But every so often the unexpected happens: an earthquake, a fire, a chemical spill, an act of terrorism, or some other disaster. Routines change drastically, and people are suddenly aware of how fragile their lives and routines can be. Each disaster can have lasting effects — people may be seriously injured or killed, and devastating and costly property damage can occur. People entering any public assembly building need to be prepared in case of an emergency.

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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