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Published: April 21, 2019


TENNESSEE’S OVERALL FIRE DEATH RATE CONTINUES TO DECLINE FOLLOWING THE NATIONAL DOWNWARD TREND ACCORDING TO STATISTICS COMPILED IN THE RECENTLY COMPLETED ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE TENNESSEE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, TENNESSEE, WHICH HAS HISTORICALLY RANKED AMONG THE HIGHEST STATES WITH CIVILIAN FIRE DEATHS, IS NOW RANKED NO. 11 IN THE NATION FOR FIRE DEATHS BY THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION WITH 14.6 DEATHS PER MILLION FROM 2011 – 2015. THIS COMPARES TO ITS RANKING AS NO. 6 IN THE NATION FROM 2006 - 2010. WHILE TENNESSEE FIRE DEPARTMENTS REPORTED 100 FIRE DEATHS IN TENNESSEE IN 2018, AN 18% INCREASE OVER 85 DEATHS IN 2017. THE RATE OF UNINTENTIONAL FIRE DEATHS IN 2018 WAS 14.8 DEATHS PER MILLION IN TENNESSEE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TENNESSEE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE, VISIT TN DOT GOV SLASH FIRE.