October is Fire Prevention Month

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The leaves are changing, and the weather is cooling down! It’s October, and it’s time for bonfires, fireplaces, and heaters to start taking center stage. Make sure your home is prepared for a fire-safe fall. By testing your smoke alarms, installing a carbon monoxide detector to combat “the silent killer”, and reviewing your family’s fire escape plan – Tennesseans will be better protected from home fires and life safety challenges.

Look. Listen. Learn.
Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. Fire prevention week is October 7-13, 2018.

This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

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Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

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Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. Over the years, thousands of cities have participated in Fire Prevention Week and expanded the prevention awareness throughout the month
of October.   Source: NFPA

Tennessee now 11th in the Nation
Tennessee historically has had a high fire mortality rate along with many other southern states. In fact, 9 of the top 10 highest fire mortality states are in the U.S. Census Southern Regions. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported Tennessee’s 2006-2010 fire mortality rate to be 19.3 deaths per million, which means for every 1 million people in Tennessee, 19.3 deaths occur annually. The 19.3 deaths per million rate gave Tennessee the nation’s 8th highest fire mortality rate in 2010.

In 2017, NFPA released an updated report on the nation’s fire mortality rates. Tennessee’s fire mortality rate dropped from 19.3 deaths per million (2006-2010) to 14.6 deaths per million (2011-2015), a 24% reduction. This is the single largest reduction in fire mortality rate in Tennessee’s recorded history. In addition, Tennessee’s ranking among the nation’s fire mortality rates dropped from 8th to 11th.

Fire Fatalities and Mortality Rate In Tennessee
As of September 14th, 2018, 77 accidental or undetermined civilian structure fire fatalities have been reported. Of the fatalities so far, 75 resulted from fires on residential property, one resulted from a fire on a commercial property, and one resulted from a fire on industrial property. There had been 56 fatalities by this date in 2017, and 53 by this date in 2016. The last confirmed fatal fire was in Chester County where a male resident died in a house fire on August 25th.

Review complete fire statistics for the State of Tennessee – sourced by Department of Commerce and Insurance, State of Tennessee

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Selling Your Home – Tips and Guidelines for Prepping Closets

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Prepping the Closets
Kenneth Bargers | March 2018 Newsletter

Closet March2018 Image 1The closet — out-of-sight, out-of-mind in our every day living but for the house hunter you can be assured the doors will be opened and reviewed as available space is key to the next homeowner.

If you are selling your home, remember these guidelines to give the appearance of adequate space.

Editing – take this opportunity to remove items that are no longer wearable or in-style. If those bell-bottoms have not come back yet since the ’70’s – it is not going to happen! Consider donating to local charities to help those in need.

Organizing clothing racks – place shirts, pants, dresses/skirts on separate hanging racks.

Seasonal items – place in boxes/baskets and keep on top shelves

Floor – remove all items from the floor

Shoes – if you must have shoes on the floor – consider investing in shoe racks

Lighting – if you have closet lighting make sure the fixture is cleaned inside/out and lights are working properly

Space – the most import guideline is to show additional space for future use – regardless of clothing racks, shoe racks, shelving – give the appearance that the closet,, no matter how big or small, is more than adequate for storage.

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October is Fire Safety Awareness Month

October is Fire Safety Awareness Month

Do you participate in Fire Safety Awareness Month? How do you convey this important educational opportunity to your family and friends?

October has long been designated as Fire Safety Awareness Month by many industry associations, organizations, government and fire entities. While the campaign lasts the entire month, many groups coordinate with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and designate the second week of October for events and activities.


Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. This year the designated week is October 5-11, 2014.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Nine decades of fire prevention  Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they’d been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

State of Tennessee

October 3, 2014 | 10:00am-3:00pm
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Plaza
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville TN 37243

EVENT: Learn about fire safety, tour the Bicentennial Mall State Park, and eat/shop at the Farmer’s Market… all in one stop!

inflatable fire truck slide, fire safety house tours, fire safety demos/lessons, Shriner clowns, Smokey Bear and Sparky Fire Dog, fire safety information, new and antique fire trucks, great giveaways


Become familiar with the importance of fire safety, detection and design. A quick review of the most recent and startling data available demonstrates the need to emphasize fire products, monitoring and education to every household.

Nationally, in 2011, the rounded numbers conclude there were 364,500 for residential building fires, 2,450 deaths, and 13,900 injuries, valued at 6.7 billion dollar loss. There were 85,400 non-residential building fires in the same year, 80 deaths, 1,100 injuries, valued at 2.5 billion dollar loss. The positive news is a strong trend in reducing the major category losses for the most recent five years analyzed. The 2011 data was last reviewed on July 9, 2014 for updates and corrections.

Fire Deaths in the South  The most recent data reported rates the following Fire Death Rate per Million Population: (the National Fire Death Rate average is 11.1)

Alabama 28.2   Arkansas 13.3   Florida 7.6   Georgia 16.9
Kentucky 17.5   Louisiana 19.8   Mississippi 25.3   Missouri 18.2
North Carolina 12.6   South Carolina 12.5   Tennessee 21.7
Virginia 10.3


  • Do you have a fire escape plan? Discuss with members of your home an escape plan in case of fire and/or smoke. Coordinate a designated area outside the home to meet. Review at least once a year especially for young family members.
  • Smoke/Heat Detectors – replace and test your smoke detectors each year.
  • Heat Detectors – do you have the appropriate degreed heat sensors in the attic and garage?
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Be proactive in detecting The Silent Killer, carbon monoxide, be sure to place carbon monoxide detectors in the home focusing especially in the sleeping areas of the home.
  • Is your fire system monitored? Contact your electronic security provider for an evaluation of the proper placement for your fire devices and have them tied in to your security system.
  • Take advantage of numerous educational materials offered from industry and government websites

Photo by Hatcher & FellBy Kenneth Bargers; kb@bargers-solutions.com

Research included source material from United States Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association, National Association of State Fire Marshals, Federal Emergency Management Agency, State of Tennessee; October 2014 In The News