Prepare for emergencies by enrolling in training Nov. 29

November 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 28, 2014

In trying to plan for the unexpected, officials are asking local residents to take part in training Nov. 29 for local Info Hubs.

An Info Hub is one in a network of emergency communications sites set up to provide residents with a place to obtain and share information in case of an emergency situation.

Info Hub groups meet for training and practice four times a year, any time there is a fifth Saturday in any given month. The next Info Hub session is at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 29 at local Info Hubs. A post-drill debriefing is planned for 10:30 a.m. that same day at Fire Station 82, 1851 228th Ave. N.E.

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Practice fire safety this Labor Day weekend

August 30, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 30, 2014

This three-day Labor Day weekend, fire experts with the Washington Department of Natural Resources are urging campers, hikers, woodcutters and other forest visitors to be especially careful with fire this weekend. Despite some recent rain and cooler weather, fire danger remains high.

“Even though our large fires have been contained, we are still seeing new fires,” Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark said in a news release. “We’re asking people to be extremely cautious over the Labor Day weekend.”

In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, the department issued a statewide burn ban on all lands under department protection, effective through Sept. 30. The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington state, except federal lands. While campfires are allowed in approved pits west of the Cascade crest in all state, local and private campgrounds, they are not allowed east of the Cascades.

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Firefighters emphasize prevention for Burn Awareness Week

February 5, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue offers safety tips for Burn Awareness Week, Feb. 3-9, to prevent scald-related injuries and other burns.

The nonprofit American Burn Association emphasized scald injury prevention for the annual observance.

In the United States and Canada each year, more than 500,000 people receive medical treatment for burn injuries — roughly half for scalds.

Most burns occur in the home, and usually in the kitchen or bathroom. Scalds can be prevented through increased awareness of scald hazards and by simple environmental or behavioral changes.

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Who’s News

January 29, 2013

Local Realtors earn regional leadership posts

Joan Probala

Joan Probala

Joan Probala, a managing broker at Windermere Real Estate/East in Issaquah, has been elected as the 2013 president of the Seattle King County Realtors.

Probala, a real estate professional since 1990 and resident of Issaquah, serves as vice chairwoman of the Issaquah Planning Policy Commission, chairwoman of the Issaquah Arts Commission and survivor chairwoman for Issaquah Relay for Life. In addition, she is a past president of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

Also named to the leadership team was Mike Winkler, principal managing broker at Coldwell Banker Bain Issaquah, as this year’s East Region director.

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State law requires carbon monoxide detectors in 2013

January 1, 2013

Starting Jan. 1, state law required most existing apartments, condominiums and single-family residences to install carbon monoxide detectors.

Landlords must install detectors outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms and on each level.

The law does not require homeowners living in homes purchased prior to July 26, 2009, to install carbon monoxide detectors until they sell the home. The units typically cost between $25 and $50.

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Use common sense to avoid New Year’s safety hazards

December 31, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012

State fire officials asked New Year’s Eve revelers to use common sense to avoid safety mishaps as 2012 comes to a close.

The holiday is a time for families and friends to get together, but New Year’s Eve also poses a greater risk for fire, whether revelers entertain at home or head out to ring in 2013.

Experts at the State Fire Marshal’s Office offer advice to remain safe around New Year’s Eve fireworks and at holiday events.

The safest way to experience New Year’s Eve fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by professionals.

Make sure fireworks possession is legal, and the law allows for discharge. Though King County loosens fireworks rules in unincorporated areas on New Year’s Eve, Issaquah keeps a citywide ban in place.

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State law requires carbon monoxide detectors in 2013

December 26, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 26, 2012

Starting Jan. 1, state law requires most existing apartments, condominiums and single-family residences to install carbon monoxide detectors.

Landlords must install detectors outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms and on each level.

Starting in 2011, state law required carbon monoxide detectors in all newly constructed single-family homes and multifamily residences.

The law does not require homeowners living in homes purchased prior to July 26, 2009, to install carbon monoxide detectors until they sell the home. The units typically cost between $25 and $50.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue offers safety tips after holiday-related fires

December 23, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters have responded to blazing involving holiday decorations and Christmas trees as the holiday approaches.

Decorations can increase the chances of fire and with the holiday only days away, agency officials asked the public to keep fire safety in mind when decorating and entertaining.

The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when fire occurs.

Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, about 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights, unattended candles and other holiday decorations occur each year.

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Follow safety tips to avoid Christmas tree catastrophes

December 11, 2012

The holiday season is a time for celebration, but fire hazards from Christmas trees and other decorations can dampen the festive spirit.

Experts at the State Fire Marshal’s Office remind residents to properly care for and decorate Christmas trees, and to practice fire safety in order to prevent yuletide emergencies.

If a household holiday display includes a natural tree, keep the tree adequately watered. Improper care and decoration of live or artificial Christmas trees can lead to catastrophic fires.

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Follow fire safety tips to avoid Christmas tree disasters

December 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 4, 2012

The holiday season is a time for celebration, but fire hazards from Christmas trees and other decorations can dampen the festive spirit.

State fire officials remind residents to properly care for and decorate Christmas trees, and to practice fire safety in order to prevent yuletide emergencies.

If a household holiday display includes a natural tree, keep the tree adequately watered. Improper care and decoration of live or artificial Christmas trees can lead to catastrophic fires.

“It takes only seconds for a tree to ignite and the entire room to become engulfed in flames,” state Fire Marshal Charles Duffy said in a statement.

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