Summer 2010
Flash Point

Apartment Fire Safety E-Newsletter

 The Seattle Fire Department - Public Education Section

In This Issue
Workshop for Seattle Apartment Managers
Outdoor Grilling Safety
Fire Escape Planning
Summer 2009


Seattle Fire Department
Education Section

220 3rd Ave. South
Seattle, WA
Dear Apartment/Property Manager, 
Welcome to the Summer 2010 edition of Flash Point, the Apartment Fire Safety e-newsletter from the Seattle Fire Department.
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Public Education
Seattle Fire Department
Fire Safety and Disaster Preparedness Workshop-October 15, 2010.
Mark your calendars!
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The Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Office of Emergency Management present a second free workshop specifically designed for Seattle apartment managers and owners responsible for managing low-rise buildings.This workshop will be similar to the one held in May 2010.
  • Learn how to develop apartment evacuation and disaster plans
  • Learn about the most common fire and disaster hazards found in multi-family housing
  • Learn how to organize within your building to stay self-sufficient after a disaster
Mark your calendars for Friday, October 15, 2010 8:30AM-12:00PM. The workshop will be held at the Emergency Operations Center on 5th and Washington in downtown Seattle.

Registration information coming soon.
Fire Prevention Tips: Outdoor Grilling

Summer continues in Seattle and with warm weather comes outdoor grilling. Precaution should be taken when enjoying outdoor grilling at home.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when grilling:
  • Make sure propane connections are not leaking. Check them by applying soapy water and looking for bubbling spots.
  • Give the grills space - keep them 10 feet away from buildings and other combustibles.
  • Let charcoal briquettes cool for 48 hours before disposing in metal trash cans.
  • Keep matches and lighter fluid out of reach of young children.
While Washington State law does not regulate outdoor grilling in multi-family housing, building owners, lease agreements and homeowner's associations can still restrict or prohibit the use of outdoor grills in condominiums and apartments.

 Learn more by reading the Outdoor Grilling handout
Fire Escape Planning - Information to share with residents

The tragic June fire in a Fremont rental duplex where 5 young people lost their lives is a grim reminder about the dangers of fire and the continuous need to prepare for fire emergencies.

In a fire, seconds count. A delay in responding quickly to a sounding smoke alarm or a fire at home could delay the response from the fire department and may increase the risk of injury or loss of life.

The Seattle Fire Department has developed home escape cards in several languages to highlight the importance of preparing escape plans, having a home fire drill, reacting quickly to smoke alarms, and practicing calling 911 once outside.
escape ladder
Portable fire escape ladders should be considered as part of one's fire escape plan for people on the second or third story of a house or apartment.

When choosing an escape ladder, make sure that it fits the distance needed to reach the ground. Most fire escape ladders come in 2-story(14 ft) and 3-story (24 ft) lengths. The ladders should have standoffs to make stepping down easier and should be rated to hold at least 1000 lbs. Fire escape ladders can be purchased at most home improvement and hardware stores as well as online.
Fire escape ladders handout.
Thank you for reading the Summer 2010 Edition of Flash Point.
Bill Mace