Staying Safe & Prepared Year-Round

While we primarily think of ways to prepare for unforeseen incidents or disasters as winter approaches, there are things we can do year-round to keep our homes and families safe winter, spring, summer and fall.

Here it is—the month of May and after a prolonged winter, many of us are looking forward to warm and sunny days ahead. Time to break out the grill! East Jefferson Fire Rescue reminds residents that both propane and charcoal BBQs should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed well away from your house, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in trays below the grill and never leave your grill unattended.

Here are some additional safety measures to consider:

  • Keep all household cleaning agents in a safe place.
  • Unplug large and small appliances (toasters, electric can openers, coffee grinders) when not in use.
  • Have fire extinguishers on every level of your home.
  • Test smoke detectors every month.

Another important thing you can do year-round is to stay informed about what is happening on the Olympic Peninsula. A simple and free step you can take is to sign up for Nixle text and/or email alerts sent out by the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management. You can text JEFFCODEM to 888777 to sign up or go to

If you have any questions about the services provided by East Jefferson Fire Rescue, call 360-437-2236 or check the website at

And finally … a reminder to residents to stay informed about the Hood Canal Bridge closures planned this year. Night closures will begin in May and information about the closures can be found at