Keep the Wreaths Red!

Keep the Wreaths Red!
Posted on 12/07/2017

The “Keep the Wreath Red” program is an annual event aimed at increasing the awareness of safety while decorating our homes for the holidays.

The program works in this way - hung on the front of each of the four fire stations in Arlington Heights is a wreath which is strung with red lights.  The wreaths remain lit twenty-four hours a day during the holiday season.  If a fire occurs that is determined to be the result of a holiday decoration, a white bulb replaces a red bulb on the wreath.  The hope is the wreath will serve as a constant reminder to practice safety while displaying holiday decorations. 

Some suggestions for holiday safety are:

  • Artificial trees are safer than real trees.
  • If purchasing a real tree select one that is deep green in color and has a strong scent of pine.
  • Keep extension cord use at a minimum.
  • Use only lights that are approved by a national testing laboratory.
  • Do not use indoor lights outdoors.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or circuits.
  • Do not leave candles unattended.
  • Keep candles away from combustible materials.
  • Trim all candle wicks to one-quarter inch and extinguish all candles prior to the burning of the last half inch of wax.