Officials say one of the most important things you can do is have a smoke alarm installed.
- Most fires happen at night when people are asleep.
- Smoke, not flames, causes most fire deaths.
- The smoke given off by some furnishing materials becomes toxic in the air and can kill very quickly.
- Smoke does not wake people and actually puts them into a deeper sleep.
- A working smoke alarm reduces the risk of death in a fire by nearly 50 percent.
Source: Pam Tucker, Columbia County's emergency services director
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: 3 p.m. vs. Anderson University, Christenberry Fieldhouse, 3109 Wrightsboro Road; www.aug.edu.
CHURCH PRODUCTION: 10:30 a.m., Savannah Rapids Pavilion; Church of the Holy Comforter will present a free Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with music and a performance by ballerina Julia Morgan; (706) 210-1133.
'80s Night: 9 p.m., Soul Bar, 984 Broad St.; www.soulbar.com.
CELEBRATION MENU AND ENTERTAINMENT: The Verandah Grill, The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way; seating times 6 and 8 p.m.; www.partridgeinn.com or call (706) 737-8888.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY: 9 p.m., Eagle's Nest Lounge, Ramada Plaza Hotel, 640 Broad St.; $10 at door; DJ; (706) 722-5541.
NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH: 7 p.m., Coyotes, 2514 Peach Orchard Road; www.myspace.com/coyotesnightclub.
NEW YEAR'S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA: 9 p.m., Cream, 1511 North Leg Road; free champagne when you walk in the door, balloon drop, cash door prize.
SABO AND THE SCORCHERS: Wild Wing Cafe, 3035 Washington Road; free champagne toast and party favors; $3 wine, $3 wells, $1 off all draft; (706) 364-9453.
BLACK MOTIVATED WOMEN INC. EVENT: 9 p.m., Quality Inns and Suites, 1052 Claussen Road; $20 single, $30 couple in advance; at the door: $30 single, $50 couple; buffet, champagne, cash bar; email@example.com.
THE WHITE PARTY: Monday; Tropicabana Latin Night Club, 1253 Broad St.; live music, balloon drop, champagne at midnight and dance contests; to register for the contest, call (706) 828-8500.
NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH: 9 p.m., Modjeska, 813 Broad St.; door prizes, balloon drop at midnight; (706) 303-9700.
NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY: 6:30 p.m., Augusta Elks Lodge 205, 205 Elkdom Court; cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, music, balloon drop, champagne, coffee and continental breakfast; $40 per person, $75 per couple; (706) 869-9203.
GREG HESTER, KEITH JENKINS, FRED THOMAS AND DANNY RAY: 10 p.m., The Mission, 1157 Broad St.; (706) 722-1233.
MARRIOTT FESTIVITIES: 7 p.m., Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.; $269 per couple, includes deluxe guest room, six drink tickets, champagne toast at midnight, dinner and breakfast buffet for two; (706) 722-8900, www.augustinos.net.
PRIME RIB AND SEAFOOD BUFFET: 5-10 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; $24.95, includes a glass of champagne; (706) 855-8100.
PARTY: 8 p.m., 209 Music Lounge, 4 Eighth St.; Eric Mayweather with Brown Sugar Band; party favors, champagne, hors d'oeuvres, brunch; $40 person, $75 per couple; (706) 722-6588.
GALA WITH THE MIKE SWIFT DUO: American Legion Post 205, 2102 Highland Ave.; with food, champagne, party favors and breakfast; (706) 733-4069.
BLACK SHEEP AND CHAMPAGNE GIVEAWAY: 8 p.m., Joe's Underground, 144 Eighth St.; $5 at door; (706) 724- 9457.
CUIZINE CELEBRATION: Cuizine, 100 Laurens St., Aiken; with chef's tasting menu $60, three-course menu $45 (both with festive dessert sampler and champagne toast); reservations accepted; (803) 644-1234.