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  • Free event to check child car seat safety on Sept. 19
    09.16.14

    The majority of child safety seats are improperly installed, putting children and babies at risk. During Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 15-21), Snohomish County Fire District 1 is encouraging parents and caregivers to make sure they are properly securing their children by scheduling a free child car seat check.

    Safe Kids of Snohomish County will be offering free child car seat checks on Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire District 1’s Mariner Fire Station 11, 12310 Meridian Ave. S, Everett WA. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Allow at least 45 minutes for each car seat check. To schedule an appointment, contact Kim Schroeder, 425-551-1254, kschroeder@firedistrict1.org.

    “Correct use is crucial. Many parents move their children up to the next type of car seat before it is safe to do so. That’s why hands-on inspections and instruction are so important,” said Schroeder, a certified child passenger safety technician and public educator for Fire District 1.

    The goal of National Child Passenger Safety Week is to make sure parents and caregivers are securing their children in the best car restraint for their age and size:

    • Rear-facing seats for infants until age 2: For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, up to the height or weight limit of that particular seat. At a minimum, infants should ride rear-facing until at least age 2.

    • Forward-facing car seats: When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 2) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds.)

    • Booster seats: Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually when the child is at least 4' 9" tall)

    • Back seat until age 13: When children outgrow their booster seats, they should be restrained in the seat belts in the back seat, until at least 13 years of age. This is a state law.


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  • Mountalke Terrace apartment fire causes $500,000 damage
    09.12.14

    A two-alarm fire at a Mountlake Terrace apartment complex caused more than $500,000 damage and displaced 25 residents on Sept. 12.

    A resident at the Taluswood Apartments in the 4300 block of 236th St. SW reported the fire at 8:19 a.m. Flames were coming from three apartments in a three-story, 24-unit building when firefighters arrived, said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire and emergency medical service in the City of Mountlake Terrace.

    About 45 firefighters from Fire District 1, Lynnwood, Bothell and Shoreline were on the scene at the peak of the fire. No one was injured. Firefighters administered oxygen to one dog they rescued from a third-floor apartment that was heavily damaged by the fire. The dog, Daisy Mae, is being treated at a local emergency veterinary clinic.

    The fire was contained to three apartments. Two other units had smoke and water damage. Residents of seven other units were displaced because the fire cut off power to their apartments. The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing assistance to the 25 displaced residents.

    A fire investigator determined the fire was accidental and was most likely started by a smoldering cigarette butt.

    Fire District 1 offers these safety tips to prevent a smoking-related fire:
    • Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
    • Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
    • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
    • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
    • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.

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  • Edmonds woman seriously injured in house fire
    08.13.14

    A woman was seriously injured in a fire at her Edmonds home Aug. 12.

    Neighbors called 911 at 5:09 a.m. to report smoke and flames coming from the woman’s home in the 9000 block of 218th St. SW. "The first firefighters to arrive reported the attached garage was engulfed in flames," said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire service in the City of Edmonds.

    The injured woman, believed to be in her 40s, was outside the house when firefighters arrived. Paramedics transported her to Harborview Medical Center. Her burn injuries appeared to be life-threatening, firefighters said. Further information about her condition is unavailable due to privacy laws.

    No one else was in the house at the time of the fire. No one else was injured.

    Firefighters had the fire under control within about 20 minutes. Fire damage was contained to the garage area and two bedrooms on the second floor above the garage.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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