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National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day. Don’t forget to include your furry family members into your emergency plan should a fire occur. According to American Humane, more than half a million pets are impacted by house fires every year. Sometimes, the house fires are started by the pets… [ Keep reading ]

Dry brush fires in Seattle

The long stretch of warm, dry summer days is keeping firefighters busy with dry-weather related fires. Since July 1, the Seattle Fire Department has responded to 65 brush and bark-related fires. Due the the dry conditions, the King County Fire Marshal issued a fire safety burn ban on June 24,… [ Keep reading ]

Preventing fires caused by fireworks

Every year, the personal use of fireworks cause fires and injure people in the Seattle area. Last year, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 16 fireworks-related fires including two structure fires. One significant fire happened on July 4, 2020 in West Seattle where fireworks ignited dry brush in front of… [ Keep reading ]

Outdoor grilling safety tips

There’s nothing quite like the taste of grilled food and with this warm and sunny weather, more people will be uncovering and dusting off their outdoor grills. But before lighting up the grill, take a few minutes to review some safety tips. Setting up: Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor… [ Keep reading ]

Open Windows Pose Fall Risk for Young Children

With nice weather finally upon us, there’s nothing like opening a few windows to let in the fresh spring air. But take care to prevent an open window from becoming a safety hazard for young children. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, roughly 3,300 children aged 5 and younger are injured… [ Keep reading ]

Replace your carbon monoxide alarm every 7 years or sooner if it gives an “end-of-life” signal

Last year, the Seattle Fire Department received many 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… [ Keep reading ]

Overloaded extension cords and outlets caused two fires this week

The Seattle Fire Department responded to two home fires this week that involved overloaded power sources and caused significant property damage. Overloaded outlets and the misuse of extension cords are common electrical issues that can cause a home fire. Extension cords are designed to provide a temporary power source and… [ Keep reading ]

February is heart month: knowing hands-only CPR can save a life

Are you prepared to help in a medical emergency if someone goes into cardiac arrest? A cardiac patient’s chance of becoming a long-term survivor are more than doubled if a bystander on the scene administers prompt CPR. Administering hands-only CPR (without breaths) is a simple technique that only takes a… [ Keep reading ]

February is heart month: Learn about stroke awareness

February is Heart Month and this week we are highlighting stroke awareness. Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults? According to the CDC, about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each… [ Keep reading ]

Don’t Let Icy Decks (or Stairs or Walkways) Give You the Slip – Frosty Weather Can Still Cause Havoc

As winter weather makes it presence known, it doesn’t necessarily take a blizzard to make conditions in the Pacific Northwest hazardous. With so many of us working or going to school at home, it’s especially important to take precautions around the house. Freezing nighttime temperatures combined with moisture on decks,… [ Keep reading ]