STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE REPORTS CHILD FIRE FATALITIES ON THE UPSWING IN JUNE AND JULY
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding parents and caregivers of the necessity of fire safety education following an analysis of Tennessee fire data that revealed an uptick of child fire fatalities during the summer months of June and July. Data from the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System shows that since 2010 there is an observed increase in fire fatalities and multiple fatality incidents involving children under 17 in the months of June and July. Twenty-five percent of all Tennessee house-fire victims under the age of 17 died in fires in June and July.
The SFMO encourages Tennesseans to create a home fire escape plan with a designated outside meeting place and practice the plan at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home.