Summer 2011  
Flash Point

Apartment Fire Safety E-Newsletter


 The Seattle Fire Department - Public Education Section
In This Issue
Responding to Fire Emergencies
Fire Video

Summer 2009



Seattle Fire Department
Education Section

220 3rd Ave. South
Seattle, WA
Dear Apartment/Property Manager, 
Welcome to the Summer 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  

Responding to Fire Emergencies 

Are you and staff prepared to respond to a fire emergency?

Here are a few things all employees should know and be prepared to do before disaster strikes: 
  • Know your address
  • Prior to calling 9-1-1 from a safe location, be prepared with any information pertaining to the incident, address, type of building (apartments, maintenance shed,) people still inside, what you see, (smoke, fire), and where you see it, such as smoke is visible from a floor or a kitchen fire has been extinguished. This information from the scene helps the Fire Department quickly determine the resources needed to effectively fight the fire.
  • Report to the address side of the building as the Fire Department arrives. SFD members will arrive and usually access the building from the addressed side, so this is a good area to meet them.
  • On-site staff should make contact with onsite SFD staff as soon as possible. If the manager is not present, any other employee present should initiate the contact. This goes for any employee - manager to maintenance crew.
  • One good identifier as to which SFD member is in charge is that chiefs wear white hats and are the ones in charge. You can approach any chief to identify yourself. However, you can identify yourself as an apartment employee to any SFD member if you cannot tell who is in charge. Chief at Scene
  • Be prepared to provide the following about your building:
    • Location of the fire alarm panel
    • Access keys
    • Details about the fire if known-such as floor, unit number, presence of smoke
    • Status of the building's evacuation, if known.
    • Location of residents needing assistance to evacuate. Is there a list kept of those identified as needing evacuation assistance?
Fire Video: Why Seconds Count  

Did you know that a fire can double in size every 30 seconds, filling a room with toxic smoke and gases in less than 2 minutes?


  • Most deaths and injuries in fires are caused by inhalation of smoke and gases
  • All fires produce carbon monoxide and other toxic gases in large quantities


Watch this video to see what fire is really like and how fast it can grow.


Why Seconds Count
Why Seconds Count



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