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Stay alert when cooking meals at home

With greater numbers of people not eating out and cooking meals at home, it’s a good time to review and practice cooking safety. Unattended cooking is the main cause of home fires. Please consider taking these precautions before and after using the stove and oven. Never leave the kitchen when… [ Keep reading ]

Smoke Alarms for Seattle Residents who are Deaf

A working smoke alarm is 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 do not provide sufficient notification to alert a person to a fire. Fortunately, there are smoke alarms made for people… [ Keep reading ]

Daylight Saving Time Reminder – Change Batteries and Test Smoke/CO Alarms

With the start of daylight saving time this weekend (2 a.m. Sunday, March 8), 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 ]

Black History Month: A look back at 1970 with the Seattle Black Fire Fighters Association

As we near the end of Black History Month, we wanted to take a brief look back at our own history and reflect on the struggles of our first black firefighters that compelled an association to advocate for the needs and interests of these members. The Seattle Black Fire Fighters… [ Keep reading ]

Clothes dryer lint causes fire over the weekend

On Sunday, Feb. 9, after 11 p.m., crews responded to a working fire caused by overheated dryer lint that accumulated. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the fire caused extensive damage in the home estimating $190,000. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one-third of home dryer fires are caused by… [ Keep reading ]

Replace your carbon monoxide (CO) alarms before they expire

The Seattle Fire Department recently responded to three residences where a person called 9-1-1 after their CO alarm beeped intermittently. Upon further investigation it was discovered that there was no emergency but that the CO alarms in question were sounding every 30 seconds to indicate expiration. CO alarm life span… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating Chinese and Vietnamese New Year 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 (January 25). Celebrations mean cooking and sharing food. Cooking related fires remain the main cause of fires during holidays and celebrations. When… [ Keep reading ]

Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

When temperatures drop during the winter months, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year approximately 50,000 people visit emergency rooms in the U.S. due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. With colder weather and snow in the forecast for… [ Keep reading ]

Ring in 2020 Safely

The Seattle Fire Department would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. Here are some safety reminders to carry into 2020. Old Christmas Trees Don’t burn your Christmas tree. Burning trees at public locations such as parks and beaches is illegal. Instead, treat your old Christmas tree… [ Keep reading ]

Keep your holiday decorations safe this season

During the winter months, lights and candles get lit to brighten up our homes for the holidays. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when the fire department responds to more fires involving candles and holiday lights. Be mindful of your candles and festive lights this holiday season and… [ Keep reading ]