Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street,
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-684-2467

Code Enforcement

Fire extinguishers required for rental, boarding or rooming units

Columbia borough requires a 5lb ABC fire extinguisher be mounted in the kitchen of a rental unit, boarding house or rooming unit. ABC is the acronym for an extinguisher certified for a, b, and c type fires. a is common fuels like wood, b is for flammable liquids, and c is for charged electrical fires.

as of September 1st Columbia borough requires that the fire extinguisher be mounted somewhere in the kitchen away from the stove. it needs to be easily accessible to the resident.

Quick ticket preventative measures

Keep your rear yard and exterior premises free of trash and debris

Mow your grass regularly during growing season

Maintain vehicles; keep inspection up to date

Maintain working smoke detectors. If your smoke detector is beeping every 2 minutes, it needs a new battery(ies).

(Carbon Monoxide detectors: It is important to remember that carbon monoxide is lighter than air. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed no more than 12 inches from the floor. The combination carbon and smoke detectors are ideal for basements, but may not be a good other rooms. There should be a carbon monoxide detector installed on every floor of your home.)

Maintain your premises free of rodent and insect infestation

The cold weather may make your home a welcoming environment for mice seeking heat and shelter. Some simple non-chemical remedies may help keep them at bay:

These websites are a great resource for some ideas to keep mice away from your home.

Bedbugs have been around for ages. Take the preventative measures at these websites and your home can remain bed bug free.


Below are websites that provide information on ways to prevent and get rid of a roach infestation.


This time of year, can also bring on the freezing of pipes. Winterizing your home can help keep your heating bills low and protect your pipes from freezing and bursting.



1. missing/inoperable smoke detectors

2. carbon monoxide detector misplaced

3. cracking/peeling paint

4. fire extinguisher not present or expired

5. loose toilets

6. water damaged ceiling

7. improper ventilation in bathroom

8. no deadbolt

9. missing handrails/guardrails

10. no lighting at basement steps



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