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Time to Check Your Batteries!

Every fall, like clock-work, the time change rushes upon us, bringing with it a reminder to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s almost daylight saving time. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Please take the time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 

Daylight saving is nearly here. When you set your clock back on November 5th, remember to check the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. And be sure to remind your friends and family to check their alarms, as well!

Firefighters Hand Out Candy

SE Thurston Fire Authority (Yelm & Rainier Fire Department) was out in the city of Yelm to ensure the safety of Trick or Treat on Halloween night.

Chief Mark King, Lieutenant Ann Holeman, Firefighter/Public Education Coordinator Tony Brosco, and career and volunteer Firefighters/EMT were out in the community to make sure the children had a safe and fun Halloween.

The fire trucks and emergency vehicles were equipped with candy and Firefighters/EMT. The fire truck made a path through the neighborhoods of Yelm, firefighters making stops to hand out candy to kids.

The Yelm Firefighter IAFF Local 3626 and an anonymous group donated the candy.

Fire Prevention Tips

Follow these tips for preventing fires around your property!

  • Clear any buildup of pine needles, leaves, and other flammable materials from your roof, gutters, porch, and under your deck.
  • Trim larger trees’ limbs to heights of at least 10 feet. Make sure there is about 5 feet between branches of other large trees.
  • Weed-whack or mow long grass around your home. Ideally, you want to have at least 30 feet of short, watered lawn around your home.
  • Move wood piles more than 30 feet from your home.
  • Remove propane tanks from within 30 feet of your home. In a wildfire, they can vent and shoot flame vertically.
  • Install visible house numbers on your home, driveway, and street.
  • Repair shingles, tiles, and other roofing material.
  • Use metal mesh (1/8-inch mesh is good) to prevent embers from landing in vents and eaves and under decks.
  • Know your family’s emergency plan if a wildfire comes quickly.