"Keep the Wreath Red" raises fire prevention awareness in Temple

Temple Fire & Rescue is once again participating in the “Keep the Wreath Red” campaign to bring fire safety awareness during the holidays.

“Unfortunately, residential fires happen often during this time of the year and while they are tragic any time of year they are particularly devastating during the holidays” Temple Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Mitch Randles said. “We hope the wreath serves as a visual reminder to Temple residents to practice fire safety during the holiday season.”

Temple Fire & Rescue has placed a large holiday wreath decorated in red lights outside of Central Fire Station, 210 N 3rd St in Temple.

If a holiday related fire occurs in Temple, a red light will be taken out and replaced with a white light.

The goal is to keep the Wreath Red during the holiday season. At this time Temple Fire & Rescue has not had any holiday related fires. The campaign will continue through January 1, 2022.

Ensure the safety of you and your family with the following safety tips to make this holiday season a safe one:

  • If you have a fresh Christmas tree, keep it well watered.
  • Keep live trees away from heat sources.
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Inspect holiday lights for damaged cords or plugs.
  • Keep candles in containers that prevent them from falling.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are functioning properly.
  • Extinguish candles and turn off holiday lights when you leave home or go to sleep at night.
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