Monday, August 21, 2017

 Bike & Multi-Sport Helmet Program

  HelmetTO HELP KEEP RIDER'S NOGGINS SAFE, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One offers bike helmets at a discounted rate of $7 and multi-sport helmets for $10 in sizes toddler through extra-large for kids and adults. 

Stop by *Headquarters anytime between 8am - 5pm, Monday through Friday or at **Gig Harbor Fire Station 51 anytime between 7am - 4pm, Monday through Friday  (cash or checks only please):

*Headquarters: 10222 Bujacich Rid NW, Gig Harbor, WA  98332
**Gig Harbor Fire Station: 6711 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA  98335

*The wearer must be present so we can provide a custom fit; however gift certificates are available!

Bike Helmet 4-1-1

Q. Why Are Bicycle Helmets So Important?

A properly fit bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent! Most deaths related to bicycle falls and collisions involve head injuries. This means that wearing a helmet can save your life.

Q. Do I Really Need To Wear A Bicycle Helmet?

Yes. Laws now require helmet use in many areas. Not to mention, each year bicycle-related deaths number about 900, and United States hospital emergency rooms treat more than 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries. More children, ages 5 to 14, go to United States hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than any other sport. Many of these injuries involve the head. If you do not wear a bicycle helmet, you are risking your life.

No helmet, no wheels. The same rule applies to little ones riding in bicycle trailers and in bike seats. Adults can help set a good example and protect themselves by always wearing a helmet, too.

Q. Will Bicycle Helmets Protect Me When Playing Other Sports?

Bicycle helmets offer head protection for sports like in-line skating and roller skating. In addition, wrist guards, knee pads, and Multisport Helmetelbow pads are recommended for these sports.

Those who skateboard or do more aggressive (trick or freestyle) skating should consider multi-sport helmets made specifically for these activities that also meet the safety standards. These helmets cover more of the head, especially in the back. Wrist guards, knee pads, and elbow pads will offer additional body protection.

Q. Can I Still Use My Helmet If It Has Been In A Crash?

No. Any helmet that has been involved in a crash needs to be replaced immediately - even if there are no visible signs of damage.

  Wear It Right...

   Helmet testIt's not enough just to wear a helmet; it needs to be properly fitted to be effective.

Do a simple "eyes, ears, and mouth" test.

  Eyes: The child should be able to look up and see the rim of the helmet. It should be about two finger widths above the eyebrows.
Ears: Straps should form a "V" under the ears when buckled, and should be snug and comfortable.
Mouth: With your mouth open, you should feel the helmet hug your head. If not, tighten the straps.

The helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position and shouldn't rock forward and backward or side to side.  The helmet straps must always be buckled...but not too tightly.
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As of January 1, 2013, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms will be required in all residential dwelling units.  

Approximately 250 people in the United States die each year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. This deadly gas is hard to detect because it is odorless, colorless and tasteless.

As of January 1, 2013, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms will be required in all residential dwelling units. This applies even for dwellings that don't have fireplaces or gas-fired appliances, because these are not the cause of the most severe incidents. Following a 2006 windstorm, 250 people were treated for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the Puget Sound area and eight died, all from either burning charcoal briquettes inside their homes or from improper use of gasoline-powered generators. In response to these tragedies, new state-wide law and building codes require CO alarms in most residential buildings, including single-family homes.

For more information about the new requirements and affected occupancy types, click here.


Smoke Alarm_PicAbout 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 18,300 are injured. Many of them might be alive today if they had only learned what to do if there is a fire. It is very important to have a working smoke alarms with a working batteries in your home. If you have that, it greatly lowers your chances of dying in a fire.

Gig Harbor Fire has 10 year lithium battery smoke alarms available for our community for families in need - Please contact the Prevention Division at 851-5111 for more information and to schedule installation.

 Additional Links / Information:

Learn about Smoke Alarms

Children & Smoke Alarms

Know Your Smoke Alarm! Know Your Battery!

In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms can save your life. Smoke alarms provide early detection of a fire to allow your family time to escape safely. There are many different types of smoke alarms on the market. How do you know which one to buy?

These are all common questions regarding a very important part of fire detection in your home.

Q: What types of alarms are out there?  
There are many brands of smoke alarms available for purchase, but there are two basic types: photoelectric and ionization alarms.

Ionization alarms sound quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs.
Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.
Dual sensor smoke alarm combines ionization and photoelectric alarms in one.
Hearing Impaired smoke alarms meet the needs of those with hearing disabilities. These alarms can be equipped with strobes that flash and/or vibrate.

Q: Where should smoke alarms be installed?  
Inside and outside all sleeping areas, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Since smoke and poisonous gases rise, installing smoke alarms on the ceiling is ideal and will provide the earliest detection.

Q: How do I install smoke alarms?  
Interconnected Smoke Alarms provide notification throughout the home. When one alarm is activated they all sound. These type of alarms can be wired directly into the home and will need a certified electrician to install and/or maintain them. You can also purchase smoke alarms with wireless technology, which uses radio frequency to transmit and receive messages.
Battery operated smoke alarms can be installed with as little as a screwdriver. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install properly.

Q: How long do smoke alarms last?  
The entire smoke alarm needs to be replaced every 8-10 years.

Q: What kinds of batteries do they take?
Standard 9-volt batteries. Change your battery at least once a year during the time change in the spring or fall; it is an easy way to remember when to change the battery.
Lithium batteries: Designed to last as long as the smoke alarm, 8-10 years. However, you still need to test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work.

Smoke alarms that are hard wired into your home will need a battery backup. These are typically a 9-volt battery. Standard battery powered alarms can either use 9-volt batteries or long lasting batteries, all of which can be found in local hardware stores. 9-volt batteries need to be replaced once per year. Long lasting batteries are intended to be installed when the smoke alarm goes in, and the entire unit (including the battery) can be replaced after 8-10 years. No matter what kind of battery you have, they will need to be tested every month.

 There are many types and brands of smoke alarms on the market. Remember to… 

Know your alarm! Know your battery!


FRANKFORT, IL – For many, building a new home is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are a lot of details to consider, and many options to choose. Safety is at the forefront of those choices for most consumers, and fire safety should be among them. In every community, consumers need to know the facts about home fires as well as the benefits of home fire sprinklers. But if a homebuilder doesn’t offer fire sprinklers as an option, how will homebuyers know to ask for them? The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has launched new online content designed to help consumers learn about the life-saving benefits of fire sprinklers. And whether they’re simply interested, or are thinking of building or buying a home, they’ll quickly see why it’s so important to ask for fire sprinklers when moving to a new home.

To read more click here


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More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and 20,000 are injured. Deaths resulting from failed emergency escapes are particularly avoidable. The U. S. Fire Administration (USFA), a part of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security,and Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One believes that having a sound escape plan will greatly reduce fire deaths and protect you and your family’s safety if a fire occurs. For more information on home fire escape planning download, read and implement the information from these documents:

Get Out Safely: Factsheet on Fire Escape Planning
Home Fire Escape Checklist






Few things are more devastating than losing your home in a fire. Aside from property damage and potential fatalities as a result of the disaster, they can destroy the notion that you are safe in your own home. Smoke detectors have aided greatly in alerting people to fires before they become too serious. However, time and time again, fires are caused by the same household items and activities. By garnering an understanding of the most common causes of residential fires, precautions can be taken to alleviate the risks and save your home from catastrophe. Download the home safety survey and use it to see if your home is fire safe. In addition, you will find a guide for families with young children to help with information on preventing fires and burn injuries in your home.

Home Fire Safety Survey
Fire + Burn Safety Guide

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One annually conducts a fire hydrant maintenance program for approximately 2000 fire hydrants on the Gig Harbor Peninsula.

This program includes checking the hydrant to ensure the caps remove freely, painting the barrel and bonnet, GPS locating, and ensuring access to the hydrant that complies with the International Fire Code.  This code requires:

7' height access to open hydrant


18" clear radius from the center of discharge cap


3' clear radius around the hydrant base 

HydrantClick the hydrant for more details!


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Receive 25% Off the Purchase of a Life Jacket  - click here  
(Redirects to Seattle Children's Hospital, Drowning Prevention and Water Safety for All Ages)

AT ANY TIME OF YEAR, Washington waters can be appealing and dangerous at the same time. Here's a few considerations to keep in mind when enjoying our waterways.


  • Spring - Rivers are often high and swift from rains and snow melt and can easily overwhelm the strongest swimmer. Even on hot spring days, lakes, ponds, and rivers are still cold and are dangerous for swimmers. Hypothermia can occur quickly in very cold water.

  • Summer - Water that is warm on the surface, may be much colder below. Use caution when swimming and always supervise young children playing in or near the water. Rivers may not be moving as fast, but log jams can trap swimmers and large rocks and logs could tip over rafts, canoes, and kayaks. Illnesses can be prevented by not swallowing the water - learn more about recreational water illnesses

  • Autumn - Early warm days of autumn can be like summer. But like spring, this time of year is unpredictable - be prepared for sudden weather changes and cold water later in the season.

  • Winter - Waters are always cold and can quickly go from being very calm to very rough, especially during storms. If you are on the water for hunting, fishing, or recreation, wear protective gear and life jackets. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return, and be prepared for sudden weather changes.


  • Swimming in open water (lakes, rivers, ponds, the sound, and the ocean) is harder than in a pool. People tire faster and get into trouble more quickly. A person can go under water in a murky lake, making them very hard to find, or be swept away in currents. Avoid swimming where two rivers come together - many good swimmers have gotten into trouble or drown in currents that didn't seem to be moving that fast.
  • Swim in a life-guarded area, especially if you are not a strong swimmer.

  • Be cautious of sudden drop-offs in lakes and rivers. People who can't swim or aren't strong swimmers have slipped into deeper water and drown.

  • When boating, don't overload the boat and wear a life jacket that fits. Many people have drown when they fell overboard while fishing, hunting, or pulling up a crab pot.

  • Stay sober when on or in the water. Alcohol and other drugs increase the effects of weather, temperature, and wave action.


  • Even the best water enthusiasts can misjudge changing water conditions when boating or swimming in open water. Be prepared at all times by wearing a life jacket - you'll never know when you'll be tossed into the water.

  • Have children wear a life jacket that fits them, and watch them closely around water - they can go under water quickly and quietly.

  • A number of water safety laws were passed to improve the use of life jackets and prevent drowning:

    • Children 12 years old and under must wear a life jacket that fits them on moving boats less than 19 feet in length in Washington.

    • Recreational boats must carry one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person aboard. The life jacket must be available and accessible. This is a nationwide Coast Guard rule.


Life jackets can be checked out or returned at the following three locations:

Jerisich Dock - 3211 Harboview Drive

Eddon Boat Dock - 3805 Harborview Drive

Maritime Pier  - 2925 Harborview Drive 


Effective Saturday, July 15
8:00 AM until further notice.
More Info About this Ban
General Burn Ban Information

Committee Information

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One is considering the proposal of a General Fire Levy Lid-lift measure for the  November 7, 2017 General Election.  As such, we are seeking members for the “For” and “Against” Committees as required by RCW 29A.32.280. Interested parties should contact Executive Assistant Danette Weyn by July 28th at 5:00 PM.


Danette Weyn
10222 Bujacich Rd. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 851-3111

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