Celebrating Lunar New Year and Tết 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 (February 1). Celebrations mean cooking and sharing food. Cooking-related fires remain the main cause of fires during holidays and celebrations. When cooking:… [ Keep reading ]

Winter Weather – Personal Preparedness

According to the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, snow and ice are identified as Seattle’s second top hazards. We know winter weather in Western Washington can be unpredictable. In December 2021, 4”-9” inches of snow fell in the Seattle Metro area followed by several consecutive days of low temps. This… [ Keep reading ]

Race and social justice on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022, the Seattle Fire Department would like to highlight the department’s Race and Social Justice Change Team and its efforts to eliminate race-based disparities and achieve racial equity. The Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) ​is a citywide effort to end institutionalized racism… [ Keep reading ]

The NYC high-rise fire and how to prevent and prepare

On Sunday, January 9, 2022, a fire in a New York City high-rise apartment building killed 17 people, including eight children. This horribly tragic event is a grim reminder of the devastation that can occur from fires in residential buildings. The loss of life from major fires is always difficult… [ Keep reading ]

Landslide in Magnolia neighborhood

SEATTLE – On Jan. 7 around 1:30 p.m., Seattle’s Fire Alarm Center dispatchers received a 911 call about a house that had slid 15-20 feet off its foundation at the 2400 block of Perkins Ln. W. The steep slope area behind the house had slid likely as a result of… [ Keep reading ]

Replace your carbon monoxide alarm if it was installed in or before 2015

Every year, the Seattle Fire Department receives 9-1-1 calls 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. Most likely, it’s an… [ Keep reading ]

That’s a Wrap! SFD finishes Toys for Tots 2021 campaign

For more than 50 years, the Seattle Fire Department has helped collect toys for area families in need. Our support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots continued again this year. With the support of the Seattle Fire Foundation and QFC, we hosted three successful toy collection events in… [ Keep reading ]

Be safe on the roads when it snows

Snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast for the Seattle area in the days to come. Please consider these safety tips related to driving. Road safety If you are not able to stay home and off the roads, consider these tips for increasing your safety. Drive for the conditions…. [ Keep reading ]

Acquired Structure Training helps Seattle firefighters to become better trained for emergencies

Thank you to our community partners in 2021 who have helped Seattle Fire to become better trained for emergencies For many years, the Seattle Fire Department’s Training Division has provided valuable hands-on training for recruit training and Operations members. SFD’s Acquired Structure Training (AST) program regularly works with community partners,… [ Keep reading ]

Winter holiday safety

The Seattle Fire Department would like to remind residents to be mindful of fire safety during this holiday season. Holiday-related home fires primarily involve cooking, heating and electrical sources. Busy kitchens can lead to unattended stoves. Cold winter weather results in high use of space and wall heaters. Festive lights… [ Keep reading ]