SCEMD: Never too early to start preparing for winter weather

Emergency officials warn about possible ice on the road, power outages

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –With severe storms pounding the North, South Carolina emergency officials are calling on people to get prepared and be on the lookout for winter weather. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says there will be higher than normal temperatures over the next three months, but he says that’s not a queue to put away snow…

How to keep hidden hazards from impacting your Turkey Day feast

Experts in fire safety and poison control weigh in on how to steer clear of emergencies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –With Turkey Day just around the corner, there are some health and home hazards that could fill your plate with issues if not handled correctly. Experts with the Palmetto Poison Center say what separates an issue-free Thanksgiving from a feast that could lead you to the hospital is how you prepare your turkey. “We want to make…

State Fair strengthens security following Saturday’s stampeding incident

RCSD says no shots were fired Saturday night

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Two nights after hundreds evacuated the South Carolina State Fair after hearing rumors of a potential shooting on fair grounds, fair officials are upping security to keep people safe. A larger number of Richland County Sheriff’s deputies were visible throughout the Fair Monday, and some fair attendees said there were longer lines to get through security….

Volkswagen recalls over 600,000 vehicles for safety concerns

Volkswagen is recalling 679,000 vehicles that are at risk to “roll away”. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA),  the key can be removed without the car being in park. Vehicles include select models of  Golf  from years 2015 and up , Beetle models 2015 and Jetta models from 2011 to 2018. To see if your vehicle…

Uber, USC team up on nationwide campus safety initiative

The "Check Your Ride" feature on Uber began to be active in Columbia Thursday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Uber is putting the University of South Carolina at the forefront of its new campus safety initiative. After President Harris Pastides’s “What’s My Name?” movement picked up steam nationwide, Uber rolled out some changes through a partnership with colleges across the country to remind students of essential safety tips. “We also added a new ‘Check Your Ride’…