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Fire Safety for the New Year | Washington State Patrol

December 31, 2012 · 12:57 PM

From Washington State Patrol:

The holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means you may be at greater risk for fire. Whether you are getting ready to do some holiday entertaining at home or headed out to ring in the New Year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office suggests following these simple tips to ensure a celebration that is both festive and fire-safe:

Home Entertaining

Nightclubs and Other Public Assembly Buildings

Before you enter

  • Is the building in a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and does it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of materials that may block exits?
  • Have a communication plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency.
  • Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends if there is an emergency

Once inside

  • Look for all available exits and be prepared to use the closest one.
  • Make sure aisles are wide enough and not obstructed by chairs or furniture. Check to make sure your exit door is not blocked or chained.
  • Are there fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, pyrotechnics, or other heat sources that may make you feel unsafe? Are there safety systems in place such as alternative exits, fire sprinklers, and smoke alarms?

During an emergency

  • If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or other unusual disturbance, exit the building immediately.
  • Once you are out, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operation.


For more information about fire safety, please visit the State Fire Marshal website at www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/firemars.htm.

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