Tallahassee, FL - December 5, 2011
December 5th at 4:30 PM, the Tallahassee Fire Department will change seven bulbs from green to red to indicate how many residential fires that have occurred during the past week. The wreath is on display at Dorothy B. Oven Park on Thomasville Road and with the additional red bulbs the total for the past two weeks is 19.
This holiday season, the Tallahassee Fire Department is hoping the community can once again help “Keep the Wreath Green” by preventing fires. TFD has placed a wreath with green lights at Dorothy B. Oven Park. The fire prevention program kicked off last Monday at 2 PM.
The program, which officially started November 21st, will run through January 2, 2012, during which TFD will replace a green bulb with a red one for each residential fire during this period.
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.