Enjoy the Heat Safely

Looks like summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest. Warm weather brings unique fire safety concerns, including brush and yard fires.

Help reduce the chance of outdoor fires around your home and yard by following a few simple steps:

  • Make sure cigarettes have cooled completely before throwing them out. Carelessly discarded cigarettes can easily start a fire in dry conditions.
  • Remove long grass, weeds or anything that can burn from around your home. This includes limbs that touch your home or hang near the roof.
  • Remove dead plants or bushes as soon as possible.
  • Clear roof and gutters of needles and leaves.

Stay safe by following these additional fire safety tips:

  • Keep a three-foot kid and pet safety zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.
  • Only use your grill outside on a non-combustible surface and at least 10 feet away from siding, deck rails and open doors or windows.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches – never leave them unattended.
  • When finished, turn off both the grill and the propane cylinder. Place coals in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.

Check out more summer safety resources: Outdoor Grilling Safety, Boat Fire Safety, Marina Fire Safety.

The use of barbecues in single family homes, apartments and condominiums is not regulated by current Washington State law. However, apartment building owners and condominium associations, through lease agreements and owner’s association rules, may still prohibit or restrict use of barbecues. Read more in the Recreational and Cooking Fire Regulations Client Assistance Memo.