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Fire Prevention Month 2023

October is Fire Prevention Month. This is a time to focus on the safety measures we can take to prevent fires from occurring in our homes and communities. It’s a time to educate ourselves on the potential hazards of fire and to take the necessary steps to help ensure that… [ Keep reading ]

September 18-22, 2023 is Falls Prevention Awareness Week

September 18-22, 2023 is National Falls Prevention Week. Join the Seattle Fire Department in getting this important fall prevention information out to our communities. Did you know? According to Seattle-King County Public Health, approximately 50%-70% of falls are due to home hazards, so it’s important to identify them and take… [ Keep reading ]

Preventing fires in dry conditions

During the month of July 2023, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 298 brush and bark fires. This greatly exceeded the 113 brush and bark fire responses in July 2022. Warm and dry weather is forecasted through the month of August, increasing the risk for more brush fires. Fortunately, there are… [ Keep reading ]

Lithium-ion battery fire safety

In the past year, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 57 lithium-ion battery related fires. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are commonly used in home electronics such as phones, laptop computers, tablets, e-scooters and other devices that require plug in charging. These batteries are small and powerful but when used incorrectly, they can overheat,… [ Keep reading ]

CPR/AED Awareness Week begins on June 1

It is important to be prepared for sudden emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest. Around 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home so it’s important to know what to do if this were to happen. A cardiac patient’s chance of becoming a long-term survivor are more than doubled if… [ Keep reading ]

Think twice before leaving your child or pet in the car alone

Leaving a small child or pet in a car alone is never a good idea. It’s especially dangerous on sunny days. It doesn’t have to be a hot day for the temperature inside of a car to reach high enough temperatures to cause heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause serious… [ Keep reading ]

May is a leading month for outdoor grilling fires – tips to stay safe

Spring weather has finally arrived. This is the time of year when more outdoor grills are cleaned up and put to use. Whether using a grill on an apartment rooftop or in your backyard, consider these fire prevention and safety tips before lighting the grill. Most grill fires are preventable. Setting… [ Keep reading ]

Free strobe smoke alarms for deaf Seattle residents

Working smoke alarms are known to reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, audible smoke alarms cannot alert a person to a fire. Fortunately, there are smoke alarms made for people who are deaf such as a… [ Keep reading ]

Clothes dryer fire safety

In early March, a fire started in a Seattle home clothes dryer and caused over $10,000 in damages. Each year, 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported in residential buildings in the U.S. Most dryer fires happen during the winter months. Failure to clean the lint is the leading factor contributing… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating Black History Month in 2023

To honor and celebrate Black History Month, the Seattle Fire Department would like to highlight some events and stories from the local community. The beginnings of Black History Month began in 1926 with Negro History Week which served as a call to action for racial equity and justice. By 1976,… [ Keep reading ]