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DeKalb County fire departments seek to keep wreaths red

Area officials give tips for a safe holiday season

DeKalb and Sycamore fire departments were able to keep their wreaths red last year, meaning there were no fires connected to holiday activities. The departments are challenging residents to keep the wreaths red again this year.
DeKalb and Sycamore fire departments were able to keep their wreaths red last year, meaning there were no fires connected to holiday activities. The departments are challenging residents to keep the wreaths red again this year.

DeKALB – Local fire departments are continuing their tradition of participating in the red wreath program.

Fire departments are hanging wreaths lit with red lights outside their firehouses. Anytime a fire takes place that can be attributed to the holidays, a red light will be removed and a white one put in its place.

“The wreath is a challenge to Sycamore residents to keep the lights red,” a news release from the Sycamore Fire Department said.

Sycamore will put the wreaths in front of Firehouses 1 and 2 on Thanksgiving Day, and they will remain up until Jan. 2.

Sycamore and DeKalb fire departments both reported that they were able to keep their wreaths red, with no fires attributed to holidays activities last holiday season.

“Last year, the wreaths were displayed for 38 days, and no fire incidents were directly related to the holiday season,” DeKalb Fire Chief Eric Hicks said in a news release.

The departments gave some suggestions for staying safe during the holiday season, including:

• Keep the use of extension cords to a minimum.

• Keep all electrical wiring out of walkways or places where they might be pinched or worn.

• If using a turkey fryer, do it outdoors, where there are no objects nearby that could catch fire.

• Keep live Christmas trees watered. If your tree is beginning to dry out, limit the use of lights. Always turn off illuminated decorations before leaving the house.

• Make sure your fireplace is in good working condition and your chimney is free of obstructions or creosote buildup.

• Make sure smoke detectors are in working order. If you did not change your batteries when you changed your clocks, change them now.

• Read the packaging for all lights to be sure you are not overloading your electrical circuits.

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