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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 ]

End of Daylight Saving Time Reminder: Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace batteries

Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend. Now is a good time to make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are working by testing them and replacing batteries if needed. Don’t wait until your alarm begins to “chirp” at an inconvenient time before deciding to… [ Keep reading ]

Fire Prevention Month Tip – Heating Safety

Heaters are the second leading cause of fires in residential buildings. As would be expected, most heating-related fires occur during the colder months when heaters get turned on and the use of portable heaters and fireplaces increase. Fires caused by furniture, bedding, and other materials placed too close to baseboard… [ Keep reading ]

Home Fire Escape Planning

October is Fire Prevention Month in Seattle and to kick off the month, we would like to highlight the importance of developing and practicing a home fire escape plan. Did you know that from the time a smoke alarm sounds, a person may have under two minutes to get out… [ Keep reading ]

Responding to a Building Fire Alarm

Do you know what to do when the fire alarm in your apartment building sounds? For people who live in apartments or condominiums, the sound of the building fire alarm can be jolting and frightening. You may not know if there is an actual fire in the building or if… [ Keep reading ]