Winter 2011
Flash Point

Apartment Fire Safety E-Newsletter

 The Seattle Fire Department - Public Education Section

In This Issue
Fire Code Update - CO Detector Requirements
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Heating Safety

Summer 2009



Seattle Fire Department
Education Section

220 3rd Ave. South
Seattle, WA
Dear Apartment/Property Manager, 
Welcome to the Winter 2011 edition of Flash Point, the Apartment Fire Safety e-newsletter from the Seattle Fire Department.
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Public Education
Seattle Fire Department

Updates to Seattle Fire Code - Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirement in R-1, R-2, and R-3 Occupancies

The 2009 Seattle Fire Code became effective October 30, 2010. Apartment owners and managers may want to know about the carbon monoxide requirements in the 2009 code. This information is from the State Building Code Council.
  • Section 907 requires CO alarms in R-1, R-2 and R-3 where fuel-fired appliances or an attached garage are present.
  • CO alarms are required by January 1, 2011 for new construction.
  • CO alarms are required by January 1, 2013 for existing sleeping and dwelling units.CO image
  • Owner-occupied Group R-3 residences legally occupied prior to July 1, 2010 are exempt.
  • Single station alarms must comply with UL 2034 and be installed in accordance with this code and manufacturers' instructions.

Link to the most recent information from the Washington State Building Code Council.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and CO Detectors
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas that can cause severe illness and death. Burning fuels such as wood, kerosene, gas, charcoal, and oil produce carbon monoxide. Examples of CO poisoning have been reported by malfunctioning gas stoves, charcoal grills inside or too close to a home, and idling cars in a covered space.

The Washington State Department of Health reported that over 1,100 Washington residents died from exposure to CO between 1990 and 2005. Every year firefighters respond to dozens of CO poisoning calls. One way to protect residents is by installing CO detectors.
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 Most CO detectors can be found at local hardware and home improvement stores.

To learn more about CO poisoning view the following sites.
Seattle-King County Public Health CO Facts in many languages
Seattle Fire Department Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Fact Sheet

CO Frequently asked questions from the CDC

Dept of Health CO fact sheet
Fire Prevention Tips: Heating Safety
Heating-related fires are the second main cause of residential fires in Seattle. Baseboard heaters and portable heaters are the two main types of heaters which cause most of these fires.
Baseboard Heater FireRemind residents to give heaters space. Baseboard heaters should be around 12 inches from all combustible items such as curtains, beds, pillows, dressers and other pieces of furniture. Portable heaters need 3 feet of clearance from these items.
Download the baseboard heating safety flyer here.

Thank you for reading the Winter 2011 Edition of Flash Point.
Bill Mace