TOWN OF SUPERIOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT - DOUGLAS CO, WI
Keep the Wreath Green
The Town of Superior Fire Department is once again trying to spread the message about holiday fire safety by using the 'Keep the Wreath Green Campaign'. The campaign is designed to make people aware of the fires associated with holiday season. The wreath is on our fire hall is lit with Green holiday lights bulbs. We will run this event from Dec. 1, 2012 through Jan 2, 2013. If a fire occurs during the Holiday Season in Douglas County, one of the green bulbs will change to Red. This will include preventable fires such as cooking, smoking, space heaters, candles, etc. It will serve as a reminder of the safety precautions that should be taken during this Holiday Season and throughout the year. The goal is to keep the wreath green. The wreath will remain lit through January 2, 2013.
Fire Safety Tips for a Safe Holiday Season
Decorations / Lights
Check all your illuminated decorations to make sure they are in good condition. Light strands that have frayed or cracked wires should be thrown away and replaced with UL approved devices. Do not place indoor cords under carpets or throw rugs. Outside lights should be approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outside. Never use more than the listed amount of light sets per extension cord. Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and do not use more than the number of light sets recommended in one circuit. Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Always turn off decorative lights when leaving your home.
Artificial trees should have a listing label. Some unlabeled plastic trees can burn extremely fast. If using a live tree, keep it watered frequently. The needles should not come off in your hand. The tree should be deep green in color and the trunk should be sticky with sap. Place your tree away from heat sources like fire places.
When using candles always make sure candles are not close to combustible materials such as curtains. Make sure all candles are out before leaving the house.
Fireplaces Make sure your fireplace is in good working order and the chimney is free from creosote build- up. Christmas wrappings and tree branches should not be burned in the fireplace. Their intense and rapid burning can cause chimney fires and flames to extend out of the firebox into your home.
Never use heaters around water. Water increases the chances of electric shock. Unplug your heater when it is not in use. Don't use your heater as a dryer. Keep clothing and other combustible materials at least 3 feet from your heater. Don't place a heater in a doorway, hall or walkway where it is likely to get bumped. Don't leave space heaters unattended.
As always, check your smoke alarms and make sure they are in good working order. Change your batteries twice a year.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday season If you have any questions Please contact you local Fire Department or visit www.usfa.fema.gov/ for more helpful fire prevention tips.
Asst. Fire Chief
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Application for Fire Number can be found here.
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