Fire Department reinstates Red Wreath Program

By Northern Star Staff

DeKALB — On Thanksgiving, wreaths were placed at the DeKalb fire stations and will remain on display through Jan. 1, 2019.

The DeKalb Fire Station is operating the program and delivered a news release to explain what the program is and the motive behind it.

The wreaths contain red light bulbs, which will be replaced individually each time there is an accident related to the holidays; the goal is to keep all the lights white.

This event was done last year, and not one accident was related to the holidays during the 39 days, so all the bulbs remained white.

Throughout this time last year, the DeKalb Fire Department was called for 574 emergencies, 15 of which were fire related.

The DeKalb Fire Department encourages residents to stay safe during the holiday season by handling electrical items with care.

Some of the ways residents can remain safe are by not using many extension cords; if they are used, they recommend making sure the cords are not worn down or split.

Keep all wires out of walkways where people can’t step on them, and check on the wires often to make sure they are still in a safe condition.

Don’t leave candles unattended or have open flames in the same area as Christmas decorations.

A report on all the fire emergencies throughout this holiday season will be released in January following the end of the event.