December 5, 2011-
Tallahassee - The Tallahassee Fire Department kicked off its Keep The Wreath Green initiative two weeks ago to remind people of fire hazards this holiday season.
Each time there is a fire, they change one of the bulbs from green to red. On Monday, they changed seven lights bringing the total number of lights changed to 19.
The wreath is on display at Dorothy B. Oven Park on Thomasville Road. The program lasts through January 2nd.
Here are some safety tips from the Tallahassee Fire Department to keep fire-free this holiday season:
- Never leave
- 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.