The Palatine Fire Department will again be participating in the annual “Keep the Wreath Red” holiday safety program. This public-safety campaign was started in the mid 1950’s to increase fire safety awareness during the holidays.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, at each of their five fire stations, a wreath will be decorated only in red lights.
In the event of a holiday related fire, the department will exchange a red bulb with a white bulb.
We hope as you pass the wreaths you will consider potential fire safety problems in your home and take the time to correct them.
- Check all holiday lighting for wear or damaged wiring and replace as needed.
- Use indoor/outdoor lighting and extension cords where they are intended.
- Do not run lighting or extension cords through windows, doors or across sidewalks.
- Do not overload electrical cords. If it is hot, it is overloaded!
- Turn off all holiday lighting prior to leaving or going to bed.
- If displaying a live tree, use a sturdy tree stand and water the tree often.
- Keep the tree, wreaths and all holiday decorations away from any heat source; such as fireplaces, space heaters, candles and heating ducts.
- Make sure smoke detectors are tested and in good working order with fresh batteries.
- Keep and maintain a Carbon Monoxide detector near the bedrooms.
- Use only sturdy candle holders and only place on firm, uncluttered surfaces.
- Do not place candles in windows near blinds and curtains.
Have fireplaces and wood-burning stoves cleaned regularly. All of the members of the Palatine Fire Department wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Submitted by the Palatine Fire Department.