'Keep the Wreath Green' Concludes with Decrease in House Fires

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Tallahassee, FL, January 2, 2013 - The Tallahassee Fire Department says the number of house fires decreased during the holidays over the last three years of doing its "Keep the Wreath Green" fire safety campaign.

Firefighters kept track with a wreath hanging on Fire Station 9 on Thomasville Road near Dorothy B. Oven Park.

They turned a green light bulb on the wreath red whenever there was a house fire in Leon County.

The campaign ended January 1st. Firefighters say between November 20th and January 1st, there were 22 house fires in Leon County.

Tallahassee Fire Department Keep the Wreath Green: Week 4

Week 4- 4 fires 12/10 to 12/16

21950- 4700 Block of Buckhead Ct - Dryer Fire/Equipment - $1,000
21666- 1600 Block of Grey Fox Run – Cooking Fire - $250
21997- 2400 Block of Emerald Ridge Loop – Cooking Fire - $2,500
21630- 1400 Block of Jay Bird Ln – Equipment Failure/ A/C Heating System - $40,000

Tallahassee Fire Department Keep the Wreath Green: Week 3

Tallahassee, FL - Week 3- 12/3-12/9 - 4 fires

1. Alamo Dr. Arson

2. Cranford Ct. Dryer Fire

3. Roberts Rd. House Fire Fully Involved

4. Wakulla Springs Rd. Electrical smoke damage

Tallahassee Fire Department: Keep the Wreath Green: Week 2

Tallahassee, FL - 4 residential home fires (4 Red Bulbs) occurred in the period between 11/26/12 and 12/2/12.

1. Caused by unattended cooking, damages estimated at $5,500

2. Caused by unattended cooking, damages estimated at $4,500

3. Caused by unsafe smoking, damages estimated at $1,000,000

4. Caused by candle, damages estimated at $2,500

TFD Announces the Third Annual "Keep the Wreath Green" Program this Holiday Season

Tallahassee, FL - November 26, 2012 - Another Holiday season is upon us , The Tallahassee Fire Department is hoping you can once again help "Keep the Wreath Green," by preventing fires.

TFD has placed a wreath with green lights at Dorothy B. Oven Park and officially kicked off the fire prevention program November 20, 2012 and will run through January 1, 2013. During this six week period, the Tallahassee Fire Department will replace a green bulb with a red bulb for each residential fire.

"The Keep the Wreath Green program has been a very successful visual reminder of the importance of promoting fire safety practices during the holiday season", said Fire Prevention Division Chief Bill Ekwall of the Tallahassee Fire Department.

Here are some hints to help you keep the wreath green and your home safe this holiday season:

· Never leave food that is cooking, unattended.
· Select only the freshest natural trees, and remember to keep it watered and away from heat sources, including televisions and radios.
· Use only those artificial trees with safety approved tags.
· Don't block exits, ensure that trees and holiday decorations do not block exit ways.
· Discard any light strings having frayed cords or sockets.
· Turn off all lights and extinguish all candles before bed and before leaving your house.
· Avoid overloading circuits or extension cords. Check instructions with light strings to determine the maximum number you may place in one outlet.
· Keep candles a safe distance from other things, and remember that a flickering flame is a fascination to little children. Keep candles out of their reach.
· Never leave candles burning unattended or throughout the night.
· Never put lit candles, lighters or matches near a holiday tree.
· Be sure to give space heaters at least three feet from surrounding items.

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