On Wednesday March 14 from 9 a.m. to Noon the Seattle Fire Department Real Time 911 Dispatch System will be offline for routine maintenance. Seattle Fire Department’s Management Information Systems technicians will be conducting server maintenance and updating software. During the outage, the Department will go to radio dispatch. The 911 call system and emergency responses will not be affected by the maintenance project.
What better way to observe than to take a first aid class or prepare your family for a disaster? The Seattle Red Cross chapter http://www.seattleredcross.org/) offers first aid classes for adults, children babies and pets as well as other emergency preparedness courses.
The Seattle Fire Department offers free CPR classes through our Medic 2 program. Click here for more details http://www.seattle.gov/fire/medics/medicTwo.htm
Saturday February 11, 2012 is the Department of Neighborhoods 18th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 23 Seattle Fire Stations will be open for community members. The Stations that will be open are listed below.
Stations – 5, 6, 9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 39, 40, 41
TIME: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DATE: Saturday February 11, 2012
LOCATION: Green Lake Fire Station 16 -6846 Oswego Place NE
Come join meet Seattle Firefighters as Green Lake Station 16 opens its doors to the public this Saturday. The Seattle Fire Department along with Seattle Firefighters Union Local 27 are sponsoring the 2 hour Open House.
This will be your chance to tour the newly remodeled station and meet your local firefighters.
Kids can have their faces painted. Refreshments will be provided.
All of the residents evacuated safely before firefighters arrived. The two occupants of the fire unit woke up to smoke and ran from door-to-door to help evacuate their neighbors.
It took 40 minutes to completely extinguish the flames. The fire started in the living room and extended into the ceiling, out into the balcony and up into the apartment above.
A 62-year-old firefighter was injured when the ceiling of a balcony collapsed on him while he was overhauling the fire. Medics transported the firefighter to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated for a minor knee injury and released.
Fire Investigators are calling the fire accidental and estimate damage loss at $300,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the content.
Residents were not allowed back in the 6 units of the complex due to smoke and fire damage. The Red Cross is finding shelter for 12 displaced residents.
The Seattle Fire Department Public Education Unit states heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February.
Baseboard heaters are very efficient, but they can be a serious fire hazard if used carelessly. Common sense can prevent a baseboard heater fire. Any time a flammable object comes in contact with a heater, a fire could result.
Here is a Checklist for Baseboard Heaters:
• Check baseboard heaters often and remove objects that have fallen on top or near the heater.
• Keep all furniture a safe distance from your heaters. Never block the flow of heat.
• Never permit electrical cords to drape across heaters.
• Always hire an experienced electrician to do any necessary repair work on your baseboard heaters.
This Saturday you will have a chance to meet Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean and Seattle Firefighters. They will be at the Seattle City Hall for the annual City Hall Open House. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seattle City Hall located at 601 5th Avenue.
There will also be live music, food trucks, tours of the building and a chance to ask questions of Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Council members.
For more information click on these links:
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause severe illness or death. Carbon Monoxide is found in all fires, as well as fumes produced by charcoal or gas. It is produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems.
Here are ways to keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.
1. Do not use Items that produce carbon monoxide inside your home or garage or outside an open window.
2. Never use gas ovens to heat your home, even for a short time.
3. If you use a fireplace or wood stove, make sure that chimneys and flues are in good condition and are not blocked.
4. Never idle a car in a garage, even when the garage door is open.
5. If you use gas or oil appliances, make certain carbon monoxide detectors are installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Test your carbon monoxide detectors along with your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
If the CO detector sounds, turn off any heating appliance and open windows to get fresh air. Call 911 if you experience CO poisoning symptoms such as dizziness, vomiting, or headaches and move to fresh air immediately. If you suspect an appliance is the source, call a qualified technician to fix the problem before restarting the appliance.
To learn more visit the following web sites:
January 19, 2012–Last night an unattended candle started a fire at a Seattle apartment complex located in the 1600 block of Yale Avenue. The damage was limited to one apartment but it did cause the evacuation of residents into the cold winter night. This is the second apartment complex fire this week caused by unattended candles.
On Monday, Seattle Fire Investigators determined unattended candles started a fire that caused $130,000 in damage at an apartment complex located on West Galer street.
Candles are used in 70% of American households. Yet a study by the National Fire Protection Association shows that only 30% of adults who use candles have a specific household rule to never leave a burning candle unattended. The Seattle Fire Department suggests it is a perfect time to consider adopting the following candle safety rules in your home.
- 1. Always keep burning candles within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
- Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
- Keep burning candles away from items that can catch on fire such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, etc.
- If light is needed during a power outage, use battery-operated light source instead of candles.
In the past weeks, firefighters responded to two home fires caused by baseboard heaters that came into contact with some combustible materials. Fires caused by furniture, bedding, and other materials placed too close to baseboard heaters and portable heaters are the most common types of heating-related residential fires.
Here are a few tips to keep your home heating safe this winter:
• Give your heaters space – Do not put anything next to a heater.
Baseboard heaters need 1 foot clearance and portable space heaters need 3 feet clearance.
• Never use an extension cord with a portable heater.
• Turn portable heaters off before leaving the room or before going to bed.
Fire hazard – curtains and bedding too close to the heater.
During the cold of winter, an electric blanket may provide extra warmth in your home. If so, the Seattle Fire Department’s Public Education Unit wants everyone to please consider several important safety tips to assure your electric blanket does not start a fire.
1. Make certain your blanket is approved by a nationally recognized testing agency.
2. When not in use, turn your blanket off. Most models have no internal temperature control that turns the heat off when the blanket temperature gets too hot.
3. Place your blanket on top of you, not below you. Sitting or lying on an electric blanket may damage the internal coils of the blanket, exposing the heating element to a combustible material (the blanket).
4. Never place items such as books, pillows, or stuffed animals on top of the blanket. These items can trap the heat, leading to elevated temperatures and serve as a source of ignition.
5. Keep the blanket flat, not crumpled or in a ball. If left on, a crumpled blanket allows for excessive heat build-up within the blanket. Always turn the blanket off when leaving the room.
6. Do not wash an electric blanket. The twisting, tugging, and turning action of the washing machine will most certainly damage the internal coils.
7. Unplug your blanket if you see or smell smoke coming from it. Discoloration of the blanket may indicate the heating elements are burning internally.
If you have any doubt about the safety of your blanket, discontinue using it.
Electric blankets are usually a safe way to add a little warmth and are widely used throughout the country. However, this is only true if blankets are well maintained and properly used.