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Free combo smoke/carbon monoxide alarms for qualifying Seattle residents

Since first becoming introduced and recognized as an important life saving device in the 1970’s, smoke alarms are now found in most homes and have saved countless lives. Yet a 2021 study from the National Fire Protection Association found that almost three out of five home fire deaths were caused… [ Keep reading ]

Be safe with candles and incense

The Seattle Fire Department responded to a home fire earlier this month that was later determined to be caused by a candle. This fire provides another reminder about the potential damage from a single candle flame or from burning incense. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are on… [ Keep reading ]

Responding safely to a fire in an apartment building

The Seattle Fire Department responded to two apartment building fires recently – one three-story building and one high-rise building. In both fires, residents fled their apartments or sheltered in place for safety. Do you know what to do when the fire alarm in your apartment building sounds? For people who… [ Keep reading ]

Daylight saving time reminder – test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The Seattle Fire Department would like to remind everyone to check and change out smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) batteries for the start of daylight saving time this weekend (2 a.m. Sunday, March 13). We recommend replacing batteries yearly or as needed. Changing smoke and CO alarm batteries at least… [ Keep reading ]

Black History Month 2022

This Black History Month 2022, the Seattle Fire Department would like to recognize our Black employees, both present and former, who have served our communities. At every level of the Seattle Fire Department, Black employees help guide this organization and we express our gratitude for their contributions. “For me, Black… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating Lunar New Year and Tết Safely

During times of celebration, there are common fire safety issues that all communities experience. Keep these safety considerations in mind this Chinese New Year and Vietnamese New Year (February 1). Celebrations mean cooking and sharing food. Cooking-related fires remain the main cause of fires during holidays and celebrations. When cooking:… [ Keep reading ]

Race and social justice on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022, the Seattle Fire Department would like to highlight the department’s Race and Social Justice Change Team and its efforts to eliminate race-based disparities and achieve racial equity. The Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) ​is a citywide effort to end institutionalized racism… [ Keep reading ]

The NYC high-rise fire and how to prevent and prepare

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, a fire in a New York City high-rise apartment building killed 17 people, including eight children. This horribly tragic event is a grim reminder of the devastation that can occur from fires in residential buildings. The loss of life from major fires is always difficult… [ Keep reading ]

Replace your carbon monoxide alarm if it was installed in or before 2015

Every year, the Seattle Fire Department receives 9-1-1 calls from concerned residents because of chirping carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. While it’s important to call 9-1-1 if your CO alarm is sounding continuously without stopping, a CO alarm that chirps every 30 seconds is not an emergency. Most likely, it’s an… [ Keep reading ]

Be safe on the roads when it snows

Snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast for the Seattle area in the days to come. Please consider these safety tips related to driving. Road safety If you are not able to stay home and off the roads, consider these tips for increasing your safety. Drive for the conditions…. [ Keep reading ]