SFD encourages locals to enjoy the warm weather safely

With the stretch of warm weather expected in the coming weeks and over the Memorial Day weekend, the Seattle Fire Department released some tips to encourage locals to enjoy  enjoying the heat safely. Have fun, but remember to stay safe!

Reduce the chance of outdoor fires around your home and yard:

  • Make sure cigarettes have cooled completely before throwing them out. Carelessly discarded cigarettes can easily start a fire in dry conditions. Discard cigarettes in a glass or metal container with sand.
  • Remove long grass, weeds or anything that can burn from around your home, including on the roof and in gutters. Check for tree branches that touch your home or hang near the roof.
  • The risk of mulch fire is more common than one might expect. When possible keep beauty beds moist. Provide a minimum of 18-inches clearance between landscaping mulch beds and combustible materials.

Grill, fire pit and campfire safety:

  • Keep a three-foot child and pet safety zone around your grill and fire pit.
  • Only use your grill outside on a non-combustible surface and at least 10 feet away from siding, deck rails and open doors or windows.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches – never leave them unattended.
  • When finished, turn off both the grill and the propane cylinder. Place coals in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled. Clean your grill after each use – this will help remove excess grease.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning – never take a smoldering or lit grill into a tent, caravan, or cabin. Even if you have finished cooking, the grill should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use.

Boating safety:

  • Ensure your boat has a working smoke alarm. Test alarms monthly.
  • Have a U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board and know how to use it. Mount the extinguisher near an exit to prevent being trapped.
  • Dispose of oily rags in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Fuel portable tanks on the dock, not on your vessel.
  • State law requires personal flotation devices for each person aboard a vessel.
  • Never swim in or near marinas, docks or boatyards.
  • Have your boat inspected by a certified electrician.
  • Boats with AC systems should have isolation transformers or equipment leakage circuit interrupter protection.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning while boating:
      • Gas vapors will accumulate in low spots – before fueling, close all hatches, compartments and covers. After fueling, open everything up and ventilate.
      • Swim and play away from areas where engines vent their exhaust.
      • Educate all passengers about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning (irritated eyes, headache, nausea, dizziness).
      • Never block exhaust outlets. Blocking outlets can cause CO to build up in the cabin and cockpit areas – even when hatches, windows, portholes, and doors are closed.
      • Dock, beach, or anchor at least 20-feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine. Exhaust from a nearby vessel can send CO into the cabin and cockpit of a boat.

Drowning prevention:

  • The safest decision may be to not enter the water. Think about the risks when swimming, boating, inner tubing, or rafting in rivers due to dangers from currents, logs, jams, and cold temperatures.
  • Wear a lifejacket. Infants and children should always wear lifejackets when in or near open water. Air filled or foam toys, are not a substitute for wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket.
  • Learn to swim, including water safety and survival skills. Learn to float and tread water for at least 10 minutes. It’s good to improve skills in a pool before hitting open water.
  • Drowning often happens when inexperienced or weaker swimmers try to keep up with more experienced ones. Have conversations with your children and teens about swimming risks.
  • Swim where there’s a lifeguard when possible.
  • Supervise children in or near water. Always stay within touching distance of young children.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs during water activities.
  • Learn first aid and CPR.

Click here to learn more from the SFD’s Fire Line blog.

Development Update May 25: Three decisions

Three decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1532 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,149 sq. ft. and B) 1,601 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

2441 NW 62nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6548723. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

2654 NW Market St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 2-story building containing 13,949 sq. ft. of light manufacturing. Surface parking for 7 vehicles to be provided.

“Fire Celebration” set for this weekend at Ray’s

30 years ago this Friday, May 26, Ray’s Boathouse burned to the ground leaving little left but a few tables, chairs and its iconic Ray’s sign.

They rebuilt and came back stronger and more excited than ever to serve guests fresh local seafood. Now 30 years later the team is commemorating this defining day in their history with a Fire Celebration at Ray’s.

Locals are invited to join in the celebration this weekend from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, May 28, in the Café to enjoy Ray’s ‘smoked and blackened’ menu items, commemorative fire photos, and take in the gorgeous views that were shrouded in smoke 30 years ago.

Smoked & Blackened Menu includes:

  • Smoky Habañero Lime Rita – Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, El Jimador blanco tequila, housemade habanero syrup, lemon lime, spicy salt rim
  • Blackened Wild Keta Salmon Sandwich
  • Smoked Scallop Salad
  • Smoked Wild Salmon Niçoise Salad
  • S’Mores Panna Cotta

Click here to find out more.

Candidate list for primary election now available online

The full list of candidates running for office in 2017 is now available online. The list of candidates who will appear on the primary election ballot is also available online. Candidates are listed online in the order they will appear on the ballot.

A record number of people filed to run for office this year, with a total of 634 filings. The previous record was 557 filings in 2009. About 94 percent of candidates filed online.

“I’m thrilled to see a historic number of filings this year,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “Running for office is a brave endeavor, and I want to congratulate all of the candidates.”

Click here to learn more.

Mayor launches “Summer of Opportunity and Safety” to support local youth

Mayor Ed Murray launched the Summer of Opportunity and Safety, a City-led effort to expand summer programming for youth through grant-funded programs, Seattle Parks Department activities and youth jobs.

These programs aim to help connect youth to opportunities across the city, focusing attention on positive activity that itself is a strong violence prevention measure.

A key piece of this effort is the Youth Opportunity Fund, a $145,000 fund to support community agencies and groups which provide positive youth development activities. Additionally, the City is unveiling a new online portal, where those looking for summer activities can find places to apply or drop-in programs throughout the summer.

“Our young people are the future of our city and we must invest in their growth and safety year-round,” said Mayor Murray. “Programs focused on engaging and supporting youth can propel them to future opportunities, including jobs. This summer, we are doubling down on that commitment to our youth by helping them access a positive environment that will help them thrive, which is the best way to prevent youth violence.”

Community organizations and businesses are encouraged to apply for a summer opportunity grant, with awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

The application deadline is Tuesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. Visit the Youth Opportunity Fund website for details.  A list of programs funded in 2016 can be found here.

SeafoodFest organizers on the lookout for volunteers

Ballard’s fishiest festival is just around the corner, and the organizers are looking for more volunteers. SeafoodFest will take over Ballard on July 7 – 9 , and they need help with many different volunteer positions.

According to their volunteer sign-up page, they’re looking for locals to help with tasks including in the Beer Garden, Info Booth, Surveys, Salmon BBQ and more.

To sign up for volunteer spots, visit the SeafoodFest website or click here for the registration page.

Nearby News: Greenwood Library to close for second phase of construction

The Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave N) will temporarily close beginning Monday, June 26, for its second phase of construction work to install a custom made exterior glass wall. The book drop will remain open; the garage will be closed.

The branch is expected to reopen in about two weeks. Because the branch will be closed for such a short time, holds will be temporarily suspended during the closure period. Patrons do not need to take any action – holds will be automatically restarted once the branch is open.

The 12-year-old branch was closed from February 13 – April 16 for refurbishing and improvements that support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries.

At that time, an indoor-outdoor boulder in the children’s area was removed due to ongoing moisture problems and the exterior wall was temporarily covered with plywood. A permanent glass wall is being fabricated for the area.

Other improvements included adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, upgrades to the meeting room and repositioning the public computers to reduce glare. The worn carpet in the branch also was replaced.

The changes were designed to improve access to technology, make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, and create flexible, open, welcoming spaces throughout the building.

A public celebration will be scheduled for later this summer after all the work is complete.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

Seattle City Light to upgrade electronic equipment on Ballard Ave

For the remainder of the month, Seattle City Light will be supporting enhanced cellular and data services along Ballard Avenue NW. The crews will be upgrading electronic equipment to utility poles throughout the public right-of-way on this street.

This project is an expansion of existing communications networks and the equipment modifications will increase public safety and enhanced-911 capabilities. The work will also improve wireless services to areas, allowing for enhanced connectivity and faster 4G service.

During this project, City Light crews will also have the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure and replace utility poles that are in poor condition.

There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

Construction along Ballard Avenue Northwest is anticipated to last approximately four to five weeks. See the map above to view the specific work areas.

Customers can contact Gina Del Giorgio, City Light Project Consultant, at (425) 603-8205 or regina.delgiorgio2@verizonwireless.com.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car moving from 15th to Greenwood

The team at PhinneyWood Blog emailed to let us know that Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7301 15th Ave NW) is moving to NW 85th Street near 3rd Avenue NW in Greenwood.

An Enterprise spokesperson told PhinneyWood that the company has outgrown the Ballard space, and the Greenwood location will have more space for parking and the office.

The Greenwood location is under renovation and will open sometime mid-summer.