Columbia Fire hosts 6th annual fire prevention week
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department hosted its sixth annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff on Sunday.
The event was held to educate the public on different ways to keep safe in the event of a fire. The Kickoff Party had children’s games, food, fire truck tours and a live fire demonstration in the Columbia Mall parking lot.
“If we can get one family to have a home fire escape plan after this event, then we have accomplished something. It’s very important,” Assistant Fire Chief Brad Fraizer said.
The theme this year was “Not every hero wears a cape, plan and practice your escape.” The goal of the event was to raise awareness about home escape plans.
Clarissa Amos took her son and his friend to the event Sunday and said she does not have a home escape plan, but will be making one after the event.
“Fire safety is not something you always think about, so it's good to have that reminder,” Amos said.
According to city data, Columbia averages a little more than 300 fires per year, including everything from a small trash can fire to a full working house fire.
“Fires are a reality in our community, inside every community around the country,” Fraizer said. “That's another reason why we are really emphasizing this year the home fire escape plan.”
Columbia Fire encourages the community to reach out with any questions about creating a home escape plan.