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.
Audit your home with this Home Safety Checklist.
With children being home from school, we wanted to provide an at home resource to help kids learn about fire and life safety. This packet is intended for elementary age students.
Click the link below to download our free fire safety learning packet.
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. For more information, please call (253) 847-8811.
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:
- Helmet sits level on your child’s head and rests 2 finger widths above the eyebrows.
- The straps are even, form a “Y” under each earlobe, and lay flat against the head.
- 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 and multi-sport helmets available for sale.
Bike helmets are $7 and multi-sport helmets used for roller-blading, scooters, skate boarding, quad-skating, etc. are $10.
Helmets are custom fit and the wearer must be present for fitting.
If you’d like to learn more about our helmets or would like to purchase one, please call 253-847-8811 or visit our headquarters station at:
23014 70th Ave E
Graham, WA 98338
Our headquarters is open for visitors Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
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.
Just 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 [+]
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
PreSchool Programs [+]
We advocate the “Play Safe! Be Safe!” program. This program is available for a 2-week check out through the Public Education Division. It is best suited for home daycares as it is tailored to a smaller sized group.
If you wish to purchase a kit for your continual use, it is quite easy: simply print the Play Safe! Be Safe! order form, fill it out, and mail it along with your $12 payment to:
Play Safe! Be Safe!
One Grove St. Suite 235
Pittsford, NY 14534
For more information, visit their website at www.playsafebesafe.com.
Novelty Lighters [+]
Novelty lighters are still legal in most states. In 2008, Maine became the first state to ban novelty lighters. Today, there are 18 states in which novelty lighters are illegal, or where legislation to prevent their sale is pending. These states include AR, HI, IL, LA, MA, ME, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, TN, UT, VA, and WA.
Despite the movement’s growing support, novelty lighters are still legal in most states, and the issue has stalled altogether at the federal level. In 2009, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden introduced legistlation to ban the sale of novelty lighters throughout the country, but the bill has since expired.