Palatine Fire Department: “Keep The Wreath Red” White Light Represents "Holiday-Related Fire"

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 50's to increase fire safety awareness during the holidays.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, on each of our five (5) firehouses, 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.

• 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. 

• 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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