Public Fire Education

Fire Prevention Week

October 8th – 14th

In a fire, seconds count! Seconds can make the difference between residents for our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important! It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign message:

  • Draw a map of your home (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.


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The Columbia Fire Department is obligated to serve and protect the citizens of Richland County and The City of Columbia.  We fulfill this obligation by developing and implementing fire safety education programs.  These programs are designed to empower our residents with information through the following means:

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Cooking Safety

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of residential home fires, so here are some fire safety tips that can help you prevent kitchen fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food and use a timer to remind you that you are simmering, baking or roasting food.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.




Contact Person

Public Fire Education Officer<h6<strong style= Public Fire Education Officer, Bengie L. Leverett

1612 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201

Phone (803) 545-4162