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Candles and Holiday Décor Hazards

Overview: Nothing spreads cheer quite like holiday decorations, but care must be used to ensure your festive winter décor is fire-safe. Candles are widely used in homes throughout the holidays; December is the peak month for home candle fires. Consider the tips below when you bring out the holiday decorations this year. And remember, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Don’t forget to practice your home escape plan!

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Christmas Tree Safety

Overview: Each year, fire departments nationwide respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree started over one-quarter (26%) of these fires. Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

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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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Home Heating

Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths nationally and the second leading known cause in Tennessee. Between 2006 and 2014, heating fires accounted for 6.8% of all structure fires and 10.1% of all structure fire deaths in Tennessee. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening. 

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Electrical Hazards

Electricity helps make our lives easier but there are times when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted. Between 2006 and 2014 in Tennessee, electrical distribution accounted for 3.0% of all structure fires and 8.8% of all structure fire deaths. The dangers of electrical hazards are always present and common hazards include overloaded electrical outlets, arcing, and extension cords. 

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Close The Door

The “Close The Door” campaign is unique to the TSFMO and its goal is to encourage people to close the door whenever possible—whether they are going to bed at night or leaving the room in the event of a fire. Closing the door can stop the spread of fire in a home for hours at a time, leaving plenty of room to find alternate escape routes or shelter in place until help arrives. A door can be one of the best pieces of firefighting & lifesaving equipment. 

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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