Fire Safety Dispatch

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Stay safe this Halloween! Follow these tips to keep yourself and your family safe.

Costumes

  • Avoid long dangling costumes or fabrics. Only shop from a reputable source.

Did you know? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enforces the requirement that costumes sold at retail stores be flame resistant.

Decorations

  • Keep your EXIT clear.
  • Reconsider using candles. Use battery-operated candles or glow sticks instead.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. If using, keep them away from any heat sources.

Did you know? According to the National Fire Protection Association, candle fires represent a leading cause of fires in the United States; many times, the first items to ignite are decorations.

General Fire Safety

  • Never leave an open flame unattended.
  • Know the location of your nearest fire extinguisher.
  • Test your smoke detectors by pressing the test button. This should be done at least once per month.

Download our Halloween fire safety flyer (.pdf) to share with colleagues, friends, and family.

For general building questions or concerns, email cumcfiresafety@columbia.edu. For lab-specific questions or concerns, email fire-life@columbia.edu.

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