The overwhelming majority of fires start at home and are preventable. Please use the resources on this page to keep your home and property safe.
New! Christmas Tree Safety Tips (.pdf)
New! Winter Holiday Safety (.pdf)
Facts About Fires
- Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
- Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013.
- Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
- During 2007-2011, roughly one of every 320 households had a reported home fire per year.
For more fire statistics, please visit the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Statistics website.
What can you do?
- Home Fire Safety
Your address must be clearly visible on the home. Easily read addressing signs and numbers are essential to facilitate rapid emergency response. Check to make sure your address is not illegible due to faded paint, missing or hidden with overgrowth. Don’t take the chance that safety personnel cannot find you in an emergency; every second can make a difference.
We spend a good deal of time becoming familiar with our city, but even so it is impossible to know the exact location of every home on every street. Help us to help you by making sure your address is clearly visible.
When you have an emergency, we want to get to you as quickly as we can, so please help us by making sure your home address is easy to find in all conditions. If you have any questions, please contact Lynnwood Fire Prevention at (425) 670-5350.
Home Safety Inspections
A simple home safety inspection could make a difference between life and death. Take our home safety survey to determine what changes can be made to your household to make a safer environment for you and your family and to help be prepared in the case of an emergency! Although a home safety survey will not guarantee that a fire or natural disaster will not happen, but it may help you identify unsafe practices that can help prevent fires or injuries.
Home Inspection Survey (pdf document)
Having an escape plan can also greatly reduce the risk of death or injury in the event of a fire or emergency! Talk to your household about your personal escape plan.
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide Detectors are now required in new homes, but many older homes do not have a detector. Carbon monoxide is an "invisible killer" you cannot see, smell, or taste to know you are in danger. When fuel does not burn properly and is not vented from the home, or if a car is left running in an attached garage, you can be exposed to dangerous levels of this gas. For tips on prevention and how to install and maintain Carbon Monoxide Detectors, visit the NFPA Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips.
- Fire Escape Plans
- Fire Sprinklers
Fire sprinklers significantly reduce damage in the event of a fire by extinguishing fires quickly. Many newer homes which are not near enough to a fire hydrant are required to have fire sprinklers installed. For more information about fire sprinklers, please visit the NFPA Home Fire Sprinklers website.
- Smoke Alarms
The majority of deaths in home fires occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.
To learn more about smoke alarms, please visit the NFPA Smoke Alarm website.
To learn more about installed a hard-wired smoke alarm, please read our Smoke Alarms (.pdf) handout.
- Winter Fire Safety
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter.
Winter fires can be prevented! Please visit the NFPA Winter Safety website for further fire safety tips which can help you maintain a fire-safe home this winter season.