Additional Heating Source Safety Measures Issued By Hamilton County

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Hamilton County continues to experience dangerous cold temperatures which often mean people using additional heating sources to warm their homes, Hamilton County officials said.

From using space heaters, to using their chimneys – Emergency Management officials say putting comfort before safety can be deadly. “As temperatures continue to fall, people are looking for additional heat sources to heat their home and as a result, safety gets pushed aside”, said Director Tony Reavley, Hamilton County Emergency Management/Homeland Security.

Director Reavley suggests space heaters should be at least three feet away from all combustibles.
Clothing, furniture and curtains can easily catch fire from a space heater. If you are using a chimney, please make sure your chimney has been inspected by chimney professionals to check for creosote build-up and bird/animal nests which can contribute to start a house fire. “We also want to encourage everyone to check their smoke detectors. Make sure they are working properly. Have you changed your batteries? Smoke detectors do save lives.” says Dir. Reavley. 

Hamilton County EMA officials encourage pet owners to bring pets inside out of the frigid temperatures. "Check on the elderly. If you have to go outside, be prepared. Dress in layers to keep warm. Staying warm in this cold weather can be a tough task if your home is hard to heat," officials said.  "Space heaters cause one-third of home heating fires and four out of five home heating fire deaths. Protect your family: if you're heating your home with a space heater or chimney this winter, take a few moments to review these safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration."

Weekly Road Construction Report

Market Street Bridge To Undergo Quarterly Testing On Sunday

Street Closings Announced For Construction


Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-24 East and West drainage improvement from MM 173 to MM 175: This project is complete excepting punch list items. There might ... (click for more)

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Weekly Road Construction Report

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Market Street Bridge To Undergo Quarterly Testing On Sunday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct quarterly testing and maintenance on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, during which time the bridge will be closed to through traffic. From 8 a.m. to no later than 2 p.m., the bridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the testing is performed. This work is weather dependent. ... (click for more)

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