Mayor Seeking Board Members for Seattle Fire Code Advisory Board

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is seeking board members for the Seattle Fire Code Advisory Board. The Fire Code Advisory Board (FCAB) was created by the Seattle City Council to provide the public and local business, industry and technical trades a clear voice in the fire code process. Board members advise the City on updates and revisions to the code and play a crucial role in shaping Seattle’s Fire Code. The 15 board members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council and serve a renewable term of three years.

Current openings are to represent major institutions (including hospitals and universities), or manufacturing/warehousing, or the services industry (including nightclubs, entertainment, and retail), or research/labs.

To apply, contact Karen.Grove@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/fire/FMO/firecode/fcab.htm for the application form.

Applications requested by March 25, 2016.

Ring in the New Year Safely!

Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries and almost 20,000 reported fires per year!

Fireworks are not allowed in the city of Seattle without a permit.

Here’s some alternative ways to celebrate safely:

 

  • Piñatas – Turn your celebration into a festive and exciting event with a colorful paper-mache piñata!
  • Balloons with confetti – Slip confetti inside balloons before inflating them! Pop them to make your own, indoor, flame-free fireworks!
  • Noisemakers – Make some noise to welcome in the new year!
  • Glow-in-the-dark bubbles – Everyone loves bubbles!
  • Glow sticks – A brilliant and safe way to light up the night!
  • Public events – Attend a public fireworks display, light show or ball drop!

Happy New Year!

Stay Fire Safe this Halloween!

Help keep you and your family fire safe this holiday weekend by following these fire safety tips:

  • Use flame-less candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper can catch fire easily, keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • If using candles, extinguish them before leaving a room – keep kids and pets away, they can inadvertently injure themselves or knock over candles.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations – nothing should block escape routes.
  • If you or your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes,  look for ways out of the home and plan how to get out in an emergency.

Replace Smoke Alarms after 10 years

Do your smoke alarms need to be replaced? If they are more than 10 years old, it might be time to replace them with new ones.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

The Seattle Fire Department recommends that you install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and in each bedroom.

Do you need smoke alarms in your home? You may qualify for free combination smoke/CO alarms from the Seattle Fire Department if you meet the following criteria:

  • You live in the City of Seattle
  • You own and live in your home
  • You are living on a low income, are a senior citizen or have a disability.

Seattle residents who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing may qualify for a free strobe smoke alarm. If you fit these criteria and wish to request the installation of smoke alarms in your home, call the Seattle Fire Department at (206) 386-1337 or send us an email to learn more about this program.

Learn more about smoke alarms.

Keeping young children fire safe!

Week of the Young ChildTM

April 12-18 is the 2015 Week of the Young ChildTM – an annual celebration to focus on the needs of young children.

Safety Tips for Keeping Kids Fire Safe:

  • Practice fire drills at home – teach two ways out of every room and practice crawling low under smoke to get outside to a family meeting spot.
  • Safe for play or Keep away – teach the difference between grown-up tools and children’s toys. Children should always keep away from adult tools and never touch matches or lighters.
  • Have a working smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level, including the basement.

Conduct a Home Fire Safety Check.

Preschool Programs

The Seattle Fire Department preschool programs help teachers teach students about fire safety and injury prevention.