Businesses and residences in Capitol Hill encouraged to take steps to prevent arson fires

SEATTLE – Several intentionally set dumpster fires, bonfires and attempts at structure fires have occurred during recent demonstrations in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the vicinity of 11th and Pine. Recognizing that the Seattle Police Department East Precinct is adjacent to residential and commercial buildings, the Seattle Fire Department has and will continue to upstaff resources near the area to ensure crews are appropriately equipped to respond when it’s safe to do so. With recent and predicted events near the Seattle Police Department East Precinct, the department is highly encouraging businesses and residents in the area to take the following steps to prevent arson fires:  

BEFORE A FIRE:  

  • Secure business and garage area by locking doors and windows.  
  • Clean up wastepaper, grasses, weeds, litter, or any combustibles from around buildings.  
  • Do not allow dumpsters to become overfilled.  
  • Locate commercial dumpsters and containers at least five feet away from combustible walls and roof eave lines. Use only metal or metal-lined receptacles.  
  • Place locks on commercial dumpsters or keep in secured area.  
  • Install or activate motion-sensored lights.  
  • Test fire and life safety systems, including fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, to ensure they are working.  
  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan.  
  • Keep exit ways clear of boxes and other debris which could hamper evacuation.  

DURING A FIRE:  

  • Implement your fire evacuation plan, and exit the building.  
  • Call 911 to report the location of the fire, and do not assume someone else has already called.  
  • Report to 911 and responding crews if anyone could still be inside.  

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