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TFD Begins “Keep the Wreath Green” Program At Dorothy B. Oven Park

By: Tallahassee Fire Department News Release, James Buechele Email
By: Tallahassee Fire Department News Release, James Buechele Email

UPDATE 12-27-13

The 'Keep the Wreath Green' campaign hopes to cut down on holiday -related fires including decorations, heaters and cooking accidents.

For each residential fire, a green bulb is replaced with a red one.

"This time of year obviously we get cooler weather, people using supplemental heat whether it be fire or electrical device," said Jarvis Bedford.

It seems the message works. From Dec. 19- Dec 25, TFD responded to 323 incidents. That's about 20 fewer calls than in 2012. Only 16 were fire related and four were because of hazardous conditions.

52 were false alarms or false calls, 50 were good intent calls, 191 were rescue or emergency medical services and 10 were service calls.

"A lot of the calls that we respond to around the holidays are small cooking fires and as well as some heating devices."

Battalion chief Bedford has been working at TFD for more than 20 years. He says the more they teach the public about fire dangers, the safer the community becomes.

The wreath will be on display through January 15, 2014.

News Release: The Tallahassee Fire Department

Another holiday season is upon us, and the Tallahassee Fire Department is hoping you can once again help “Keep the Wreath Green,” by preventing fires. Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the Tallahassee Fire Department will place a wreath with 50 green lights at Dorothy B. Oven Park and officially kicking off the fire prevention program. The wreath will be on display from December 4, 2013 through January 15, 2014.

During this six week period, the Tallahassee Fire Department will replace a green bulb with a red bulb for each residential fire. “We see an increase in fires during the winter months and the majority of those fires we respond to are preventable,” said Fire Prevention Division Chief Bill Ekwall of the Tallahassee Fire Department. “This campaign is aimed at raising awareness of winter fire risks and providing tools and information that can be used to prevent these risks.”

Here are ten items that TFD would like every resident to check off to help you keep the wreath green and your home safe this holiday season: The list is available for download at www.talgov.com/fire

  • Our Furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months.

  • Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. I have checked for creosote build-up.

  • Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

  • Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.

  • We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes.

  • Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.

  • Our portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.

  • Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet and placed at least three feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people.

  • We have tested our smoke alarms and made sure they are working.

  • We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms.

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