Each year, the Bellevue Fire Department participates in the “Keep the Wreath Green” Campaign. The campaign is aimed at bringing awareness to fire safety around the holiday season. Did you know one third of residential fires occur from December through February. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the United States. Thanksgiving through January 1st historically is a busy time of year for fire departments around the country. The good news is, many of these fires are preventable.
A wreath full of “green bulbs” is a good thing, and we are pleased to say, that’s exactly what we had last year. “Red bulbs” on the wreath represent preventable residential fires including cooking, heating, candles and smoking. Look for the wreaths outside of each fire station and let’s make it a “green bulb” Christmas season.
Safety Tips for making this holiday season a safe one.
- While cooking, don’t leave food on the stove or in the oven unattended
- Make sure the oven and cook top are clean and free of combustibles
- Keep natural trees watered
- Keep trees away from fireplaces
- If you are burning candles, make sure you put them out prior to leaving or going to bed
- Make sure your fireplace is clean and inspected.
- Make sure all smoke and CO alarms are in working order
- Don’t over load power strips and outlets with holiday decorations
- Turn lights off prior to leaving or going to bed
- Make sure space heaters have the proper distance around them (follow manufactures recommendation) and are UL tested
- Make sure you have a fire escape and a safe meeting place
- Do not burn wrapping paper in fireplaces
Make it a safe day.