[UPDATE] Keep the Wreath Green This Holiday Season

By: TFD Release
By: TFD Release

[UPDATE] 1-3 2:00PM --

January 3, 2011

Today at 4:30pm, the Tallahassee Fire Department will change 16 green bulbs on their fire prevention wreath to red to show residential fire activity for this past two weeks. The wreath is located at Dorothy B. Oven Park. It was filled with green lights when the program began November 28th, but since that time TFD has responded to 39 residential fires. This program ended at midnight last night and was to bring awareness of ways to prevent home fires.

“Each red light on this wreath represents a fire in our community where an individual, a family or in some cases several families were affected or displaced over the past few weeks. Sadly many of these fires were preventable,” Deputy Chief John Gatlin said.

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[UPDATE] 12-20

Today at 5:00pm, the Tallahassee Fire Department will change 5 green bulbs on their fire prevention wreath to red to show residential fire activity for this past week.

The wreath is located at Dorothy B Oven Park. It was filled with green lights when the program began four weeks ago, but since that time TFD has responded to 23 residential fires.

This program will continue through midnight January 2, 2011, to bring awareness of ways to prevent home fires.

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[UPDATE] 12-13 12:55PM

On December 13 at 5:30pm, the Tallahassee Fire Department will change 9 green bulbs on their fire prevention wreath to red to show residential fire activity for this past week. The wreath is located at Dorothy B Oven Park. It was filled with green lights when the program
began three weeks ago, but as of 12am this morning, TFD has responded to 18 residential fires since the program started. This program will continue through the holidays to bring awareness of ways to prevent home fires.

“Sadly over this past week the number of residential fires has doubled as compared to the previous two weeks, to include a fatality. Our goal with this program is to educate and increase awareness of the threat of fire in our community. Currently, if we continue
at this pace we will exceed last year’s number’s,” said Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal John Gatlin.

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[UPDATE] 12-7 11:15AM --

December 7, 2010

Today at 2:30pm, the Tallahassee Fire Department will change 4 green bulbs on their fire prevention wreath to red to show fire activity for this past week. The wreath is located at Dorothy B Oven Park. It was filled with green lights when the program began two weeks
ago, but 9 of those are now red to represent residential fires during that period. This program will continue through the holidays to bring awareness of ways to prevent home fires.

“It is our hope that the “Keep the Wreath Green” program will encourage our citizens to always use safe fire prevention practices, but especially during this holiday season,”Said Deputy Chief/City Fire Marshal John Gatlin.

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November 29, 2010

This holiday season, The Tallahassee Fire Department is hoping you can help “Keep the Wreath Green,” by preventing fires. TFD has placed a wreath with green lights at Dorothy B Oven Park and will officially kick off the fire prevention program today at 2pm. The program runs from Black Friday through January 3rd, during which TFD will replace a green bulb with a red one for each residential fire during this period. “It is our hope that the “Keep the Wreath Green” program will encourage our citizens to always use safe fire prevention practices, but especially during this holiday season,” Said Deputy Chief/City Fire Marshal John Gatlin.

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
• Use lights that have been approved by a testing laboratory
• 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 use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens
• Always use non-flammable candle holders
• Keep candles away from other decorations and wrapping paper
• Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over


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