Firefighters need your help to “Keep the Wreath Green” and keep our community safer this holiday season.

Through New Year’s Day, a giant wreath covered in green bulbs will hang outside each of Marysville Fire Districts’ five stations. The green bulbs will change to red whenever there is a structure fire within the fire district. The bulbs are changed to white when a firefighter anywhere in the United States dies in the line of duty.

The wreaths will serve as a reminder to everyone to keep this holiday season a safe one. Here are simple steps your family can take to help prevent fires and injuries during the holidays:

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking. The three leading days for home fires caused by cooking are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking is the leading factor in these fires.
  • Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed and avoid placing candles near decorations or things that can burn. December is the peak month for home candle fires.
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is at least three feet away from any heat source (fireplaces, heaters, candles, etc.). A heat source too close to the tree causes one quarter of Christmas tree fires.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

This important information was provided by Christie Veley, the Public Education and Information Specialist for the Marysville Fire District.