PFD kicks off "Keep the Wreath Red" campaign

Dec 2, 2013

Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio
The Peoria Fire Department is encouraging residents to practice fire safety this holiday season. The department kicked off its 18th “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign.

Large wreaths are hanging on fire stations around the city that are decorated with red bulbs. The bulbs will be switched to white lights for every fire that occurs between now and January 1st.

Phillip Maclin is the Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the department. He gives some tips on ways to prevent fires this holiday season. 

“If you are using a natural Christmas tree, make sure you cut it at a 45-degree angle, make sure it’s kept filled with water, also you want to keep it away from any type of heat source. We don’t want it drying out. If you see signs of the needles drying, you want to remove that tree promptly. Also check your electrical cords for any fraying or any type of bad sockets. Also pay attention to your cooking. Don’t leave your cooking area unattended. “

Maclin says residents should also turn off their holiday lights when not at home or asleep. He says the department responded to eight fire calls during the holiday season last year.