Fire & Life Safety

In addition to responding to fire, medical and rescue emergencies, Graham Fire & Rescue aims to educate community members about the measures they can take to reduce their risk of property damage, injury, or death. The sections below provide information and resources that you can use to improve your fire and life safety.

Take our Home Fire Safety survey, and then audit your home with this Home Safety Checklist.


Smoke Alarms & Devices [+]

In the event of a fire, properly installed and working smoke alarms can save your life. Smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside all sleeping areas, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Graham Fire & Rescue provides FREE smoke alarms for citizens residing in our district. Click here to submit a smoke alarm installation request.

Department personnel will ask you to sign a release as they install the smoke alarm at no charge.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors can alert you to a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled. CO detectors should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.

Properly installed and maintained home fire sprinklers can control or extinguish fires, reduce property damage and help save lives.


Close Before You Doze [+]

Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped.


Fire Escape Planning [+]

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Be sure your family can get out quickly and safely in case of a fire in your home. Plan and practice your home fire escape. Use the guidelines below to help prepare your family.

Click here to watch an educational video on how to create a home fire escape plan (& watch our firefighters practice their own escape!)


Preparing Your Home For Wildfire [+]

When we think about wildfires we tend to think about the east side of Washington and not the west side. However, the west side is becoming dryer with each passing summer. The combination of dense forests, dryer weather, growing population and housing developments built up against wildland areas, increases the threat for wildfires – making it a real risk for those of us on the west side.

Between 2017-2019, Graham Fire & Rescue responded to 165 wildland, brush, grass and/or ground cover related fires.

How can you protect your home or property during wildfire season? Maintain a defensible space.

Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs or another wildland area that surround it. This buffer helps slow or in some cases even stops the spread of wildfire, protecting your home from catching fire.

Click here to learn more about defensible space zones.

Keep these tips in mind to help prevent wildfires:

  • Never leave a fire unattended and fully extinguish before leaving or falling asleep.
  • Fully extinguish matches, cigarettes before disposing.
  • Follow local ordinance (burn permit guidelines, burn bans, etc.) when burning yard waste.
  • Avoid backyard burning in windy conditions.
  • Always keep a shovel, water, and/or fire retardant nearby when burning.

Prepare your family by creating a wildfire action plan.

1. Have a “go bag” ready

This should include a 3-day supply of non-perishable food and water, prescriptions, change of clothing, credit cards/cash, first aid kit, flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries, sanitation supplies, important documents, and pet food and water (if applicable).

2. Designate a meeting location outside the fire/hazard area

Keep in mind that your family may not be together when disaster strikes. Pick a location that is easy for all family members to get to.

3. Establish a communication plan

Communication systems in the disaster area may become overloaded, designate an out-of-area family member or friend as a point of contact to act as a single source of communication that all family members can check in with.

Click here to learn more about wildfire action plans.


Helmet Safety [+]

A helmet can protect your child or teen from a serious head or brain injury. However, a helmet will only protect when it fits well. Follow these three steps when fitting a helmet:

  1. Helmet sits level on your child’s head and rests 2 finger widths above the eyebrows.
  2. The straps are even, form a “Y” under each earlobe, and lay flat against the head.
  3. The buckle chin strap is loose enough so your child can breath, but should be tight enough that if your child opens their mouth, you can see the helmet pull down on top.

Learn more about helmet safety with this Safety Tip Sheet

To help promote bicycle safety, we have bike helmets available for residents of our District. Our helmet program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.

Helmets are custom fit and the wearer must be present for fitting. Click here to submit a helmet fitting request.


File of Life [+]

File of Life is an emergency preparedness file that promotes safety and peace of mind. It is the first thing that emergency personnel looks for when they enter your home. File of Life provides important information about your medical history, physician info, emergency contacts and medications all in one place.

File of LifeJust fill out the form inside, put the completed form inside the magnetic red pocket and post it on your refrigerator door where first responders can find it. Remember to update the information after doctor’s visits, and as medications change.

File of Life is available at no cost to you. Ask for one next time you are at any of our stations.


Preventing Window Falls [+]

According to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, window falls are the most common unintentional injury requiring children to stay in the hospital in Pierce County, with the most common victims being children under 5.
Here are a few tips for preventing window falls:

  • Keep windows closed and locked when unattended.
  • Use a window stop or window guard to limit openings to 4 inches or less on any accessible window that is more than 6 feet off the ground.
  • Be aware that window screens are meant to pop out easily in the event of an emergency and will not stop a child from falling.

For more safety information and window safety products, please visit www.stopat4.com