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The Community Fire Safety Advocate Program at 10 years

Ten years ago this month a deadly house fire in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle killed four children and a young woman – all were members of Seattle’s Ethiopian and Eritrean communities. This tragic fire was the deadliest fire in Seattle in over 30 years and greatly impacted members of… [ Keep reading ]

Refresh your skills for CPR/AED Awareness Week (June 1-7, 2020)

You could save a life – take a few minutes to learn hands-only CPR Even during this pandemic, with stay-at-home orders and physical distancing recommendations, it’s 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… [ Keep reading ]

Extinguish and discard smoking materials safely

We have responded to a few fires recently that were caused by smoking materials left unattended or discarded improperly. With warm and dryer weather in the forecast, more such fires will likely occur. Steps to help reduce the chance of such fires include the following: Carelessly discarded cigarettes and other smoking… [ Keep reading ]

Being safe with outdoor fire pits

With warmer weather on its way, more people will be looking to buy and use outdoor fire pits. Before you start a fire outdoors, read through the outdoor fire regulations on the Seattle Fire Department’s website. Also check to see if an air quality burn ban is in effect by… [ Keep reading ]

Before turning on the grill this weekend, make sure to review some grilling safety tips

With summer-like weather coming this weekend, more people will be starting up their grills for the first time this year.  As with all cooking, it is important to stay alert and near the stove or grill to prevent a fire from starting and getting out of control. The leading issues… [ Keep reading ]

Fire hydrant testing happening in May – You might have discolored water temporarily

Each year, firefighters test all fire hydrants in Seattle to make sure that they are working properly and will provide sufficient water if ever needed for a fire. Working in collaboration with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) who maintain and repair the fire hydrants, the Seattle Fire Department sets a schedule… [ Keep reading ]

Before you leave your home, make sure to check for these fire hazards

Recent fires in West Seattle and Wallingford at home construction sites provide reminders about the importance of making sure fire hazards are removed before going away for any period of time. In both cases, the cause of the fire was undetermined. While those recent fires were at construction sites, the… [ Keep reading ]

Smoke alarms save lives – check yours today

A recent home fire without a working smoke alarm offers a good reminder about the importance of making sure all smoke alarms are working properly. As people are spending more time at home these days and using their stoves, heaters and fireplaces more, there is a potential for an increase… [ Keep reading ]

Critical blood shortage – Donate blood if you can!

Every day, the Seattle Fire Department responds to emergencies where the patient is transported to a local hospital with injuries requiring blood. Unfortunately, while the need for blood remains high, local blood donation centers are seeing a drop off in blood donations due to the coronavirus outbreak and calls to… [ Keep reading ]

If your CO alarm chirps every 30 seconds, it’s not an emergency but you should replace the CO alarm a.s.a.p.

The Seattle Fire Department has received multiple 9-1-1 calls this year 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. It probably… [ Keep reading ]