Red Wreath Promotes Holiday Safety

1 decade 9 months 4 weeks ago December 01, 2005 Dec 1, 2005 Thursday, December 01 2005 Thursday, December 01, 2005 6:05:03 PM CST in News

The fire department hung a wreath today as part of "Operation Red Wreath." The program challenges Columbia residents to be safe during the holiday season and its red bulbs may be the most important part.

Wreaths with bows and wreaths for sale are everywhere during the holidays, but the red wreath at the Columbia Fire Department is sending an important message. Every time holiday decorations cause a fire in Columbia, a red bulb will be replaced by a white one.

"So the challenge to Columbia and the reason its so important to keep that wreath red is because that means everyone is practicing good fire safety measures and that we haven't had any bad incidents over the holidays," said Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.

That means taking extra precautions with lights, candles, and Christmas trees.

"We're just asking if you do bring a natural tree in, make sure it stays well watered," Sapp said.

Julie Baker, a Columbia resident brought her 2-year-old son Justin to pick out his first christmas tree.

"We always make sure there's plenty of water and we watch our little boy and our dog very carefully around the tree," Baker said.

Baker even takes extra precautions.

"I check it every morning and then at night before I go to bed," she said.

The Columbia Fire Department hopes others will do the same. Last year, not one Columbia fire was caused by holiday decorations, and the fire department hopes to keep the wreath entirely red again this year. Operation Red Wreath will continue until January second.

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