Fire Hazards

Smoke detectors and alarms are proven to save lives. That’s the message from fire safety officials.
Cold weather is getting here and there’s the increased threat of home and structure fires as heating units come on.
“Coming from the Columbia fire department, we want to make sure you have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your homes all year round,” said Columbia Fire Chief Lee Burgeron.
Fire officials use this time of year to advised people of fire dangers and remind them to make sure their smoke detectors are working.
“If you use anything that could ignite combustibles, make sure they are kept away from heaters or space heaters.”said Burgeron.
Space heaters can be a source of a fire hazard if the proper precautions aren’t take.
The Columbia fire department does have a program where they can help people who are without smoke alarms and have problems obtaining them.
“If you don’t have one, contact the Columbia fire department and we’ll come out and place one in your home,”he said.

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