Keep The Wreaths Red 2021

Arlington Heights Fire Department Shares Safety Tips to help "Keep The Wreaths Red"
Posted on 12/02/2021

The Arlington Heights Fire Department is promoting the Holiday Fire Safety Program, “KEEP THE WREATHS RED” to help educate residents about the many fire hazards associated with the festive holiday season, and ways to help stay safe. 

During the holiday season, Arlington Heights Fire Departments will be adorned with a large wreath decorated in red lights. Whenever there is a holiday-related fire, a white bulb will replace a red bulb in the wreath. The goal is to keep all of the lights in the wreaths red.  

In order to help "Keep the Wreaths Red" the Arlington Heights Fire Department is sharing these safety tips: 

  • Artificial trees are safer than real trees.
  • If purchasing a real tree select one which is deep green in color and has a strong scent of pine.
  • Keep extension cord use at a minimum.
  • Use only lights which are approved by a national testing laboratory.
  • Do not use indoor lights outdoors.  Residents should follow manufacturer recommendations when using holiday lights and make sure they are in good working order.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or circuits.
  • Do not leave candles unattended.
  • Keep candles away from combustible materials.
  • Trim all candlewicks to one-quarter inch and extinguish all candles prior to the burning of the last half-inch of wax.

Keep your eyes on the wreaths at each of the four fire stations including: 

  • Station #1 at   300 E. Sigwalt Street 
  • Station #2 at 1150 N. Arlington Heights Road 
  • Station #3 at 2000 S. Arlington Heights Road  
  • Station #4 at 3030 N. Arlington Heights Road

The Arlington Heights Fire Department hopes you can help "Keep the Wreaths Red" and have a safe and happy holiday season!