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College Dorm Fire Safety

Fire Safety Inspection For Fraternities and Sororitiesopens PDF file

As students go off to college and leave the comforts of home, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning about the dangers of fires in college housing such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. According Read More »

Columbia Fire Department 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

Fireworks Safety 2016

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »