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.


Flamesless Candles are a Safe Alternative



According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.

Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.

If you use candles:

Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
Put candles in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders.
Place lighted candles where they won’t be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
Keep burning candles away from items that can catch on fire such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, etc.
For holiday fire safety information, visit the Seattle Fire Department’s Holiday Fire Safety site at:



Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!


The Seattle Fire Department reminds residents to be mindful of fire safety during this holiday season. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking-related fires.  Other holiday-related home fires involve heating and electrical sources.

Here are a few safety tips to make your Thanksgiving safer:

  • Keep an adult by the stove while cooking your favorite dishes!
  • Involve children in preparing foods that are not hot, and at least 3 feet from a hot stove.
  • Check on food regularly while cooking – unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires
  • Unplug kitchen electrical items which have a heating element such as coffee pots, rice cookers and toasters, when not in use.
  • Extinguish candles before leaving the room and before going to bed.  Better yet, use flameless candles.
  • Give your heaters space! Keep flammable items 1 foot from baseboard heaters and 3 feet from portable space heaters.
  • If a fire starts on the stove top, cover it with a lid or metal cookie sheet and turn the stove off. Do not throw water on a grease fire.

Using a turkey fryer?  Get some safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association.

For additional Thanksgiving safety information visit the National Fire Protection Association or contact Public Education at


Change your Clock/Change your Battery










Come visit the Seattle Firefighters as they team up with Energizer for a Change your Clock/Change your Battery event at the Bartell’s Drug Store at 100 N 85th Street on Saturday November 1, 2014 from Noon to 3 p.m.

As the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches on Sunday, November 1, the Seattle Fire Department wants to remind residents to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries when they change their clocks. Lithium long-life batteries do not need to be changed yearly. Changing smoke alarm and CO detector batteries at least once a year is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce home fire deaths and CO poisoning. In fact, working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape.

Every home in Seattle should have the protection of smoke alarms. The Seattle Fire Department can install smoke alarms and batteries free of charge in homes where the homeowner is either a senior citizen, living on a low income, or has a disability. If you live outside the city of Seattle, please contact your local Fire Department to request assistance.

For more information call 206-386-1337 or email  or visit

Seattle Fire Day at the MOHAI


Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: MOHAI – 860 Terry Ave E.


On Saturday, October 11th, the Seattle Fire Department, in partnership with the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will kick off Fire Prevention Month with a special program: Seattle Fire Day. Join us for a fun day learning about fire safety, past and present.  Admission to the museum will be free from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visitors can tour antique fire trucks, a modern day fire engine and watch demonstrations of firefighters in full gear. In addition, families and kids can engage in fun fire safety activities with the Seattle Fire Department, participate in hands-on firefighting history, Ask a Firefighter, try on firefighting gear, listen to a firefighter read a story, enjoy a craft and activity center and view the Great Seattle Fire exhibit which includes the infamous glue pot that supposedly started Seattle’s massive blaze of 1889.

For a complete schedule of Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Month activities, including Firefighter Story Times at Seattle Public Libraries, visit