2017-10-06 / Government / Neighborhood

CCN recognizes Fire Prevention Safety Week

By Josh Cruse

The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods held its monthly meeting Thursday, September 28.

The first week of October is National Fire Prevention Safety week. Marshall George Adams spoke about how to properly use a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm.

Adams said the proper way to use a fire extinguisher is by using the acronym PASS. First pull the pen, then aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire, then squeeze the handle, and finally use a sweeping motion to put out the fire.

Adams recommends a 1A10bc fire extinguisher for residential homes. The extinguishers are only designed to handle small fires, and residents should stand five to eight feet from the fire when using the device.

Fire extinguishers are supposed to be hydrostatic tested every five years; however, in residential settings they can last a little longer according to Adams.

There are three different classifications for fire extinguishers: A, B, and C. The A classification handles ordinary fires, B is for liquids, and C is for electrical fires. There are extinguishers that have all three classifications.

He recommends having a smoke alarm in a bedroom and one outside the bedroom. The alarms should be tested weekly and checked once a month.

If residents don’t have a smoke alarm they can contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 545- 3701. The fire department will install them free of charge.

Adams said the department recently was awarded a $7,500 grant for smoke alarms. The Lower Richland area is targeted for the use of this grant.

Adams also recommends families practice fire drills at homes. He said every family should have two ways out of their house, one through a door and one through a window.

In other news, city councilman Sam Davis said the City of Columbia was ahead of the curve when it came to being prepared for storms like Hurricane Irma. He said one thing that helped was going through the floods from two years ago.

The city is still dealing with some of the aftermath from the event. One result was damage to the infrastructure. In the last approved budget, city council voted to implement a $ 93 million bond that would help address those needs. Par t of that includes storm drain issues that have plagued a number of Columbia neighborhoods.

Davis praised the city staff for their preparedness during this year’s storm season.

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