Tallahassee Fire Department Wants to "Keep the Wreath Green"

TFD/Keep the Wreath Green 2015
Posted at 9:00 AM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 06:25:50-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- The holiday season is here, and the Tallahassee Fire Department is reminding you about fire safety.

The sixth annual "Keep the Wreath Green" program is now underway.

The wreath at Dorothy B. Oven Park has 50 green bulbs. During the next six weeks, anytime there's a house fire, crews will replace one bulb with a red one.

"With the holiday decorations coming out and temperatures on the decline, the occurrence of fire will unfortunately be on the rise," said Tallahassee Fire Chief Jerome Gaines in a release. "Visitors to Dorothy B. Oven can't help but notice the massive wreath on display reminding them that fires do occur in our community and can be prevented."

Last year, there were 15 red bulbs on the wreath.

In 2013, officials changed 16 bulbs. There were 22 red bulbs in 2012, and 38 in 2011. When this program started in 2010, 41 bulbs were turned red.

The department says it's proud of the program's success but knows house fires will always be a concern this time of year.

"We had nearly a million dollars in residential home fire during the holidays last year, so we're going to keep doing the campaign," said Captain Mike Bellamy. "We expect that we're going to get some real good result this year from all this traffic that comes through."

The department says there's already been one house fire since the wreath was put up Monday.

The wreath is on display now through January 3.