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Working smoke alarms save lives – replace old alarms to stay safe in 2023

Smoke alarms can reduce the risk of being injured by a home fire by alerting you that smoke is present and providing critical time to respond safely. Most fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, not burns. According to a 2020 study by the National Fire Protection Association, working smoke… [ Keep reading ]

Have a safe and happy Lunar New Year

There are many events and activities happening this year to celebrate Lunar New Year which begins on Sunday, January 22, 2023. But if your plans mean staying at home, keep these safety considerations in mind this Lunar New Year. Celebrations mean cooking and sharing food. Cooking-related fires remain the main… [ Keep reading ]

Don’t burn your Christmas tree and other fire safety tips to start the new year

The Seattle Fire Department would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. Here are some safety reminders to carry into 2023. 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 like… [ Keep reading ]

Keep your smoke alarms working for some peace of mind this holiday season

Make sure your smoke alarms will work if needed this holiday season. Smoke alarms can reduce the risk of being injured by a home fire by alerting you that smoke is present and providing critical time to respond safely. Most fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, not burns. According… [ Keep reading ]

Being safe with holiday decorations

Whatever your traditions or customs are during the winter months, make sure to be safe when using decorations such as candles and lighting. Did you know that 1/2 of U.S. home decoration fires in December are started by candles? December 25 is the peak day for candle fires. Here are… [ Keep reading ]

Make holiday baking with kids fun and safe

Are you planning a Great British Bake Off level holiday baking session this weekend? Perhaps friends are coming over for a gingerbread-house kids party or you are prepping treats for Santa’s arrival? It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new cookie recipe or holiday menu. Safety… [ Keep reading ]

Lithium-ion battery safety tips

Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are commonly used in home electronics such as phones, laptop computers, tablets, e-scooters and other devices that require plug in charging. These batteries are small and powerful but when used incorrectly, they can overheat, catch fire, or explode. Fire agencies in King County continue to respond to fires caused by… [ Keep reading ]

Tree lights start fire in Seattle – how to be safe

Over the weekend, Christmas tree lights started a home fire in Seattle causing over $100,000 in damage. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when the fire department responds to more fires involving decorative lights. Be mindful of festive lights this month and take a few steps to ensure your… [ Keep reading ]

Use your fireplace safely

With the sudden arrival of fall and cooler weather, fireplaces are being put to greater use. Whether you use a gas or wood-burning fireplace, keep these tips in mind to ensure safety at home. Before using: Make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed on the same level as… [ Keep reading ]

Heating fire safety tips for the start of winter

Home heaters are working extra hard with the cold weather we are experiencing. Heating-related fires are the second most common type of fires this time of year. As a reminder, make sure to give your heaters space and consider taking these precautions to prevent heating-related fires in your home. Give… [ Keep reading ]