Fireworks Safety

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them (They are not legal inside Columbia’s City limits!) Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in … Continue reading Fireworks Safety

Nightclub Safety Tips

Every day, millions of people wake up, go to work or school, and take part in social events. But every so often the unexpected happens: an earthquake, a fire, a chemical spill, an act of terrorism or some other disaster. Routines change drastically, and people … Continue reading Nightclub Safety Tips

Wheeled Sports Safety

Why should I wear a helmet? City Ordinances require bicyclists, skateboarders, and other human powered cycle riders fifteen years of age or younger to wear a U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission approved bicycle helmet while riding inside the city limits. View the Helmet Ordinance. What … Continue reading Wheeled Sports Safety

Water Safety

Where Children Drown? Each year, approximately 1,500 children under the age of 20 drown. A new national study published in the July issue of Pediatrics is the first to examine where drownings most commonly take place. The study concludes that infants are most likely to … Continue reading Water Safety

Poisoning

What to do in the event of a suspected poisoning? If you suspect that your child may have ingested a poison, call for emergency medical assistance immediately. In most communities, including Columbia and all of Boone County, dial 9-1-1. If your community does not have … Continue reading Poisoning

Fireworks Safety

The Columbia Fire Department urges citizens to leave fireworks to the professionals. Would you let your child play with fire? Every year thousands of Americans, mostly children, are hurt by consumer fireworks such as sparklers and firecrackers. Many are burned, scarred or disfigured by fireworks … Continue reading Fireworks Safety

Carbon Monoxide — The Silent Killer

The winter months are on the way. As the mercury begins to dip, some families, struggling to pay their heating bills, will turn on the kitchen stove burners and the oven in an effort to take the chill off of their home. What these families … Continue reading Carbon Monoxide — The Silent Killer

Home Heating Safety

It’s a cold winter night. You decide to use a space heater, or perhaps light a fire in the fireplace, to save on the heating bill. Comfortable from its warmth as bedtime approaches you think, “What harm could it cause to leave it on overnight?” … Continue reading Home Heating Safety

Turkey Fryer Warning

Consumers are urged not to use turkey fryers when preparing holiday meals because of the dangers frequently associated with the devices. Tests have shown that the fryers have a high risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil, leading to fires, burns, or other … Continue reading Turkey Fryer Warning

Candle Safety

Statistical analysis on home candle fires The number of home fires caused by candles has been soaring in recent years, and jumped a startling 20 percent from 1998 to 1999, the most recent year for whichstatistics are available, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection … Continue reading Candle Safety