Safety Tips

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

CPSC Urges Safety for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

As Halloween approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is providing tips to prevent injuries to trick-or-treaters. “We encourage everyone who celebrates Halloween to use our safety tips to prevent injuries. Homemade costumes in particular can present a fire hazard if not made with … Continue reading CPSC Urges Safety for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

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 … Continue reading 50-Plus Fire Safety

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. Infant Only Seats … Continue reading Child Passenger Safety Seats

Stove Top Kitchen Fires

Cooking Safety Checklist Cooking Fire Facts Grill Fact Sheet Microwave Fact Sheet Be Fire Safe – English Be Fire Safe – Spanish Unattended cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires in Columbia. and the United States. The solution to the problem is to NEVER … Continue reading Stove Top Kitchen Fires