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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The City of Columbia kicked off Fire Prevention Week with their 16th annual Fire Prevention Parade on Main Street in downtown Columbia.

CFD Chief Aubrey Jenkins has four tips for your family to properly plan an escape:

Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they've escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
Have a grown-up sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and remind grown-ups to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.


On Monday you may have noticed a few lucky elementary studentsriding aboard some of the fire trucks in the parade...

They are the winners of a new annual contest the department launched, called the Columbia Fire Department Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. Over 200 4th and 5th grade students from local schools were given the task to portray the fire prevention message: "Have Two Ways Out!"

The winners, pictured with CFD Chief Aubrey Jenkins:

  • Merideth Barbee from Oak Pointe Elementary
  • Hannah Bewley from Oak Pointe Elementary
  • Dalena Dunn from St. Peter's Catholic School

Unfortunately Prince Tucker, the winner from Arden Elementary, was unable to participate in the photograph.

All four winners artwork will be on display for the next year in the Columbia Fire Department's Museum, located at1800 Laurel Street in Columbia, and openMon-Fri 8:30am-5pm.

Little Caesars Pizza sponsored a pizza party for each of the winners home room class.

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