Red Lights Are Good; Palatine Fire Department “Keep the Wreath Red”


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, on each of our five (5) fire stations, a wreath will be decorated only in red lights. In the event of a “holiday related fire,” we 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. Some safety considerations include;

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.

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