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.

Community invited to check out Seattle’s latest fire station renovation

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 11, located at 1514 SW Holden St. in the Highland Park neighborhood, during an open house on July 18, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Thanks to voters, Fire Station 11 has been upgraded to provide a safer environment for our firefighters as they serve our community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This is your fire station, and I encourage you to join the celebration.”

Fire Station 11 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1971, Fire Station 11 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $1.04 million project.

Fire Station 11 houses one engine company (E11) and a reserve ladder unit. The crew remained at the station during construction.

“Last year Engine Company 11 responded to more than 2,100 emergencies, assisting people in their greatest times of need,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “This is a chance for the community to see the remodeled fire station and meet the men and women who serve them on a daily basis.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, Station 11 received additional seismic bracing to meet current codes. The remodel provided capacity for apparatus bay support functions, including decontamination, crew preparation and vehicle maintenance areas. The station office and lobby was also remodeled for greater operational efficiency and security.

The Fire Station 11 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Weaver Architects and built by Van Rossen Construction. Construction began in June 2014 and was completed in April 2015.

 

Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals!

Do not use consumer fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle without a permit from the Seattle Fire Department. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. Celebrate Independence Day by attending a public fireworks display.

Did you know?

  • In 2013, an estimated 11,400 people went to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries.
  • Two out of five people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
  • Sparklers burn at more than 1200 degrees.
  • Sparklers alone accounted for 41% of the emergency room fireworks injuries.
  • Sparklers accounted for 79% of the injuries to children under five.

Keep you and your family safe from the risk of fireworks. Watch a public display and leave the dangerous fireworks to the experts.