All Americans deserve to live, work, study and play in smoke-free environments. By implementing laws and policies to make our communities smoke-free, we can: Click the FREEDOM below

  • Protect all workers and patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke
  • Reduce death and diseases associated with secondhand smoke
  • Motivate smokers to quit
  • Reduce the number of people who start smoking

Registration is required to attend. Space is limited. Please call 803-358-6180 - option 1 to reserve your seat at the clinic. 

Monthly Safety Message November 2019 click here to watch: YouTube Version

Holiday Safety Message 2019-2020

Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts. Christmas is the most celebrated National holiday of all – which means travel, crowds, eating, family gatherings, festive celebrations, exchanging gifts and more eating. The City of Columbia works hard all year to keep our employees safe at the workplace so that they can go home to their families at the end of each and every day…to celebrate with the ones they love. Too often overlooked with all the festivities is how to get through the holiday safely.

Celebrating the holidays should be a time of happiness; unfortunately, many traditions can potentially lead to accidents. To make sure your family has a safe and happy holiday season, follow the tips below:

Be safe at work
It’s easy to become distracted during the holiday season with so many things to do and managing the finances of purchasing gifts.
• Stay focused on the task at hand. If you feel distracted, stop what you are doing. Make a list of your thoughts and then return to the task-focused.
• Drive with caution when school is out and more individuals are on the roads. Children excited by the holidays don’t always pay attention to roads.
• Get enough rest. The holidays can be stressful and tiresome. Coming to work well-rested will help keep you and your co-workers safe.
• Return to work ready to work. Accident frequencies increase the first day back from a holiday. Pay particular attention to your tasks at hand when coming back from time-off.

Be safe at home
Decorate safely
• According to the National Safety Council, more than 400 residential fires involve Christmas trees.
• Artificial trees should be fire resistant and have the Underwriters Laboratory(UL) label.
• Trees should always be placed away from fireplaces, radiators and space heaters.
• Always blow candles out when leaving a room.
• Replace any damaged or frayed lights.
• Use lights according to their location – indoor lights inside and outdoor lights outside. Don’t overload plugs with extension cords for decorations.
• Always turn lights off when going to bed or leaving the home.
• Don’t block the entrance and exit ways with extensive decorating.
• Avoid placing breakable ornaments on lower branches where children and pets can reach.
• Many plants can cause upset stomachs to children and pets, including mistletoe, holly berries, and amaryllis.

Store and cook food properly
• Wash hands, utensils and anything else that comes in contact with poultry to prevent bacteria growth.
• Promptly refrigerate leftovers. Food should not be left out for more than two hours total.
• Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator.
• Cook meats thoroughly.

Driving and traveling
• Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver to stay sober.
• If you host an event, make sure your guests have an alternative method home, if they’ve had too much to drink.
• Plan your trips with enough time to get there. Accident frequency increases during the holidays.
• Take breaks when driving long distances to stretch, and take turns driving when possible.
• When visiting relatives with kids, remember their house may not be childproof.
• Always make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled-up.
• Stay focused when driving.
• Ask your neighbors to get your mail and check on your home while you are away.

The holidays are a prime time for burglaries.

Gift safety
• Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest levels of the child.
• Watch for toys that have small pieces, which could choke a small child or pet.
• Select gifts for older adults that are not heavy or awkward to handle and can be opened easily.

Personal Safety
• Always park your car in a well-lit area.
• Scan the parking lot briefly, before going to your car after shopping, just to make sure you maintain situational awareness for your safety.
• Always lock your car, and place gifts and valuables in your trunk, or out of sight.
• Be aware of your surroundings, and don’t let your guard down.
• Don’t carry large amounts of cash.

The City of Columbia is always thankful for our employees, citizens of Columbia, contractors, vendors, and suppliers.

Each year we are especially thankful that we are safe and that we are in a great position to help keep you and all employees safer every day.

We know you are thankful for your employees. Please pass this message on to all employees, so that they can protect themselves & their families throughout the holidays and then return to the workplace safely after the holidays.


CHDC Board Meeting 

Dates for 2020

February 13th
April 09th
June 11th
September 10th
November 12th

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Telephone  (803) 545-3767
Fax  (803) 545-3772


720 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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