Safety Tips

Candle Safety

Statistical analysis on home candle firesopens PDF file

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 which
statistics are available, according to the NFPA Read More »

50-Plus Fire Safety

It only takes seconds for a lifetime of memories to go up in flames. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our risk of dying in a home fire goes up dramatically. If you are age 50 or older, please pay special attention to fire safety. For Read More »

Child Passenger Safety Seats

There are many different types of child passenger safety seats for children from birth through age 8. While we can not provide detailed information about the many makes and models of seats, listed is information concerning the three basic types of seats.

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Stove Top Kitchen Fires

Barbecue Safety

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Facts & figures In 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded Read More »

Toddler Safety

Love alone didn’t save her. Practicing fire safety did.

Children under age 5 are twice as likely as the rest of us to die in a fire. Each year, thousands of children are injured or killed in home fires, and 40 percent of them are under Read More »

Fire Extinguishers

Smoke alarms and escape plans are two of the most important components of your overall fire safety plan for your home or business. A third component of the your plan may include fire suppression equipment such as a fire extinguisher.

We are all familiar with Read More »

Making Your Household Fire Safe

The Columbia Fire Department, the Columbia Professional FIre Fighters, and donations to the Share the Light Campaign allow the Columbia Fire Department to purchase smoke alarms for distribution to home owners who can not afford a smoke alarm(s) for their home. To receive a smoke Read More »

Residential Fire Sprinklers

Fire sprinkler systems are valuable life safety devices which are common in commercial buildings such as schools, shopping malls, office buildings, and warehouses. However residential fire sprinklers are being promoted by the fire service as a way to reduce the loss of life due Read More »

Traveling To and From School

Review the basic rules with your youngster:

School Bus If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus. If your child’s school bus does not have lap/shoulder belts, encourage the school to Read More »