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|State Fire Marshal reminds residents to “Have Two Ways Out!”|
NASHVILLE, TN – If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. Unfortunately, the time available is often less.
That’s why the State Fire Marshal’s Office and local fire departments across Tennessee are teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, to urge residents to “Have Two Ways Out!” This year’s theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office recommends the following for planning your family’s escape:
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance which works to protect consumers while ensuring fair competition for industries and professionals who do business in Tennessee.