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Dry brush fires in Seattle

The long stretch of warm, dry summer days is keeping firefighters busy with dry-weather related fires. Since July 1, the Seattle Fire Department has responded to 65 brush and bark-related fires. Due the the dry conditions, the King County Fire Marshal issued a fire safety burn ban on June 24,… [ Keep reading ]

Preventing fires caused by fireworks

Every year, the personal use of fireworks cause fires and injure people in the Seattle area. Last year, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 16 fireworks-related fires including two structure fires. One significant fire happened on July 4, 2020 in West Seattle where fireworks ignited dry brush in front of… [ Keep reading ]

National Water Safety Month Tips

Even when the outside temperatures are high, water temperatures in the Seattle area can be cold enough to overwhelm even the strongest swimmer. Sadly, the Seattle Fire Department responds to preventable drownings every year. According to Public Health – Seattle & King County, 33 people died in preventable drownings last… [ Keep reading ]

Outdoor grilling safety tips

There’s nothing quite like the taste of grilled food and with this warm and sunny weather, more people will be uncovering and dusting off their outdoor grills. But before lighting up the grill, take a few minutes to review some safety tips. Setting up: Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor… [ Keep reading ]

Visit us and other agencies at the Virtual Health & Wellness Festival April 1-30, 2021

The Seattle Fire Department is excited to be an exhibitor at the Health and Wellness Festival in honor of Minority Health Awareness Month. The purpose is to raise awareness and address health disparities that continue to affect underserved populations. Visit the 2021 Virtual Health and Wellness Festival (April 1 –… [ Keep reading ]

Replace your carbon monoxide alarm every 7 years or sooner if it gives an “end-of-life” signal

Last year, the Seattle Fire Department received many 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… [ Keep reading ]

Daylight saving time reminder – check smoke and CO alarms

With the start of daylight saving time this weekend (2 a.m. Sunday, March 14), make sure you replace smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm batteries and test the alarms. The Seattle Fire Department recommends replacing batteries yearly or as needed. Changing smoke and CO alarm batteries at least once a year… [ Keep reading ]

March is Red Cross Month

Anytime a major fire or other disaster displaces people from their home, the Red Cross shows up to provide assistance and find shelter. We often hear about the work of the Red Cross during major disasters such as major hurricanes and earthquakes but they are working every day to support… [ Keep reading ]

Overloaded extension cords and outlets caused two fires this week

The Seattle Fire Department responded to two home fires this week that involved overloaded power sources and caused significant property damage. Overloaded outlets and the misuse of extension cords are common electrical issues that can cause a home fire. Extension cords are designed to provide a temporary power source and… [ Keep reading ]

February is heart month: knowing hands-only CPR can save a life

Are you prepared to help in a medical emergency if someone goes into cardiac arrest? A cardiac patient’s chance of becoming a long-term survivor are more than doubled if a bystander on the scene administers prompt CPR. Administering hands-only CPR (without breaths) is a simple technique that only takes a… [ Keep reading ]