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Keep the Wreath Red 2018

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On December 5, 2018

Keep the Wreath Red 2018
Festive Wreaths Help Focus Public Attention on Holiday Fire Safety

For the 11th consecutive year, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District is proud to join a public awareness initiative intended to “illuminate” the importance of fire safety during the holiday season.

Through the “Keep the Wreath Red” program, lighted wreaths displayed at Fire Station #1 (22222 North Pepper Road, Lake Barrington) and Fire Station #2 (120 W. Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills) begin the season covered in red light bulbs.  Firefighters will substitute a white bulb for each fire within the 48-square mile District found to have been caused by holiday decorations.

The program runs through January 1st, 2019.

“The wreaths provide a helpful visual reminder that dangerous fires can occur at any time – even during this most festive time of year,” BCFPD Fire Chief Jim Kreher explained.  “Let’s all work together to keep our families safe from fire this holiday season.”

BCFPD officials offer residents the following holiday hints to help “Keep the Wreath Red:”

  • Carefully inspect all holiday light strings and discard any with frayed cords or loose connections.
  • Turn off all holiday lights when leaving the house or going to sleep each night.
  • Keep candles away from combustible materials, such as clothing and curtains.  Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Keep live trees in water-holding stands (and keep stands filled at all times).
  • Verify that artificial trees are flame retardant.
  • Place trees away from heat sources and a safe distance from exits.

For more information on holiday fire safety, visit www.bcfpd.org and the Department’s Facebook page, or call 224-848-4800.