by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (November 28, 2019) – A post on the Lansing Fire Department Facebook page introduces people to a new meaning for a traditional Christmas decoration. “If you are driving by our fire station you may notice the wreaths on display,” reads the photo description. “These wreaths are to help raise fire safety awareness. The wreath will start with all red bulbs. For each residential fire that causes damage due to holiday decorations, we will change one bulb to white.” The public awareness campaign started on Thanksgiving and will run through January 2, 2020.
The fire department also offers the following safety tips for the holiday season:
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
- Space heaters should be away from objects and turned off when leaving that area.
- Be mindful of the food you are cooking, especially with young children around.
- Real Christmas trees need to be watered!
- Drive safely, and always wear your seatbelt.
The Facebook post continues: “With your help, the Lansing Professional Firefighters will be able to ‘Keep the Wreath Red’! We thank everyone in advance for doing their part in this campaign! Happy Holidays.”