To the editor:
The Maple Park and Countryside Fire Protection District is once again participating in the Red Wreath Program. By hanging our red wreath outside of our fire station we are trying to remind everyone to stay safe during the holiday season.
We start out with all red bulbs in the wreath, and the goal is to have no holiday-related fires. If there should be a fire related to the holidays, we would need to replace one of the red bulbs with a white bulb. In the past years we have not had to replace any of the red bulbs, so let’s continue to stay safe and keep the bulbs red.
Below are some tips on staying safe during the holiday season.
• Keep the use of extension cords to a minimum.
• Keep all electric wiring out of walkways or places where they might get pinched or worn.
• Keep live Christmas trees watered. If the tree begins to dry out, limit the use of lights and always turn off illuminated lights before leaving the house.
• Make sure the fireplace is in good working order and your chimney is free of any obstructions or creosote buildup.
• Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. If you did not change the batteries when you changed your clocks, please change them now.
• Be sure to read the packaging for all lights, so you do not overload your electrical circuits.
Thank you and stay safe.
Fire Chief Kevin Peterson and the Maple Park and Countryside Fire Protection District