Holiday

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

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

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

Holiday Entertaining

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. When cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range. Provide plenty of large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. Cigarette butts can smolder in the trash and cause a … Continue reading Holiday Entertaining

Avoid Hazards Related to Holiday Decorating

Holiday decorations, like candles and Christmas trees, add to the festive mood of the season; but when decorations are not used properly, they can result in fires, injuries and death. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging families to keep safety in mind … Continue reading Avoid Hazards Related to Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating & Lighting

Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials. Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees. Purchase only lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of … Continue reading Holiday Decorating & Lighting

Natural Christmas Trees vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

We are often asked what type of tree is safer? A natural Christmas tree or an artificial Christmas tree? The fact is it is a personal preference. Both types of trees can be used safely in your home. Natural Christmas trees do require more care … Continue reading Natural Christmas Trees vs. Artificial Christmas Trees

Choosing a Christmas Tree

Buy your tree from a reputable dealer. Most cut trees were felled at least two months ago and the process of the tree dying has already begun. Look for a green, moist tree. Grab hold of a bough and pull gently towards you. If a … Continue reading Choosing a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Safety

When decorating Christmas trees, always use safe tree lights. (Some lights are designed only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.) Larger tree lights should also have some type of reflector rather than a bare bulb and all lights should be listed by a … Continue reading Christmas Tree Safety