‘Keep Wreath Red’ – firefighters stress safety during holidays

Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The holidays are a time for family, food and fun, but local firefighters urge residents to put fire safety at the top of that list.

Each year, local fire departments place a wreath decorated in red lights on the front of their fire stations. The wreaths remain lighted 24 hours during the holiday season, according to a news release.

Whenever a fire occurs that is a result of holiday decorations, a white bulb replaces a red bulb on the wreath. The Keep the Wreath Red campaign serves as a reminder to make safety a priority when installing and displaying holiday decorations.

Tips on how residents can keep their homes safe for the holidays include inspecting holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. 

• Strings of lights should be connected to an extension cord before being plugged into an outlet.

• Residents should consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like the real thing, but without the fire

• If using regular candles, residents should be sure they are in stable holders and out of reach of children and pets.

• If residents have questions or concerns regarding fire safety this holiday season, they should call their local fire department.

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