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As of 2:00pm August 11th, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency burn ban is lifted. Please keep in mind that within the areas serviced by Bellevue Fire open burning is prohibited. Recreational fires in approved containers within the approved guidelines are allowed. For more information on air quality related burn bans please visit the PSCAA website.

It is strongly advised that residents exercise caution and be mindful of our extremely dry conditions as they relate to brush, grass, and wildfire potential. With little precipitation in the forecast our area will continue to be at risk and potential of wildfires will remain high. Smokers should take extra precautions and NOT discard ash or cigarettes outdoors, especially around dry vegetation areas.

Summer Swimming & Water Safety

Lifeguard at a Bellevue Beach

Drowning is Preventable

Drowning is a preventable tragedy and an important public health and public safety issue. With snowpack’s exceeding normal levels this year, rivers will be cold, fast, deep, and often deadly as the snow melts in spring and early summer. Warm weather draws people to lakes, rivers and salt water areas, creating high risk situations for themselves, others and rescuers. The safest decision may be to not enter the water. Swimmers and other water recreationists should follow these recommendations to prevent drownings:

Know the Risks

Washington waters are cold enough to cause ones muscles to not work, even on the hottest summer day. Cold water can weaken even the strongest swimmer.
King County rivers are extremely cold, fast-moving and dangerous, especially with this year’s melting snowpack.
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, log jams, and cold temperatures.
If you do enter rivers or lakes, wear a life jacket.  
Raft the rivers with a professional guide that knows how to be safe on the river.
Obey all safety signs and warning flags.

Learn to Swim

Know your water safety and survival skills: To enjoy the water safely, learn swim strokes, water safety and survival skills, and becoming comfortable in the water.  Spring, is a good time of year for this!
Learn to float and tread water for at least 10 minutes. It’s good to improve swim skills in a pool before hitting open water. Many pools in the King County area offer scholarships for swim lessons.
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.

Wear a Life Jacket

Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket when boating, tubing, rafting, swimming or other activities in or on lakes, rivers, salt water, or pools without a lifeguard.
Infants and children should always wear life jackets when in or near open water.
Air-filled or foam toys, such as "water wings," "noodles," or inner-tubes are not a substitute for wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Check the label!
By law, children 12 years old and younger must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket at all times in a moving vessel less than 19 feet in length, unless in a fully enclosed area.  

Free Life Jacket Loaner Programs

You can borrow a life jacket for free from the City of Bellevue Parks loaner program between noon-7pm at Newcastle Beach, Enatai Beach, Chism Beach and Clyde Beach. This program is also offered between the hours of 2pm-5pm at Chesterfield Beach Park.

If you are venturing to a beach outside the city, please consider taking advantage of a Washington State life jacket loaner station.

Swim Where There’s a Lifeguard

Swim in areas with lifeguards. Please visit the City of Bellevue Parks and Recreation website for more information on the city's beaches and lifeguard schedules.

Supervise children in or near water: Always provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water. Stay within touching distance of young children at all times.
Avoid all distractions while supervising, including texting, reading, cooking, socializing, etc. 
Have adults taking dedicated turns watching children at social events where there is water.
Swim in areas with lifeguards when possible. 

Do not use alcohol or drugs during water activities: Never use alcohol or other impairing drugs during water and boating activities or while supervising children around the water. Alcohol affects balance, coordination, and judgement. Exposure to sun and heat worsen these effects. 


Fire Recruit Candidates Graduate

EMTG Class 5

Nine Bellevue Firefighters were honored for their graduation from the East Metro Training Academy (EMTG) Class Five. After three long months of training these former Recruits have now become Probationary Firefighters. Congratulations and welcome to Bellevue!

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Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. By age 75, that risk increases to three times that of the general population — and to four times by age 85.  

"Remembering When" is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention - developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states.

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