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BROADCAST: Burnt Microwave Popcorn and Building Evacuations
The following message has been approved by the Mayor’s Office for citywide email broadcast.
M E M O R A N D U M
DATE: June 9, 2007
TO: Employees at Civic Center Buildings
FROM: FFD Facility Operations Division
RE: Burnt Microwave Popcorn and Building Evacuations
At our Civic Center buildings we continue to see a high number of instances of employees burning microwave popcorn and triggering the building smoke alarms. This is a serious issue which requires Fire Department emergency response, building evacuation, and resetting of building systems.
In May, we had the most recent building evacuation at the Justice Center due to burnt microwave popcorn. This is the eighth time in less than three years that we had to evacuate 400+ persons from Justice Center due to burnt popcorn. We have also had multiple evacuations of 300+ persons at City Hall and Seattle Municipal Tower due to burnt popcorn.
If this problem continues, it will result in a ban of all microwave popcorn in downtown City buildings, as some other downtown buildings have done.
We would like your help in eliminating these alarms due to burnt microwave popcorn, so we don’t have to ban it. Please read and follow package instructions. Stay by the microwave and “listen to the pop, to know when to stop.”
Thank you for your cooperation.