TFD starts their 'Keep the Wreath Green' Fire Safety Program

TFD starts their 'Keep the Wreath Green' Fire Safety Program
Posted at 5:27 PM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-12 14:48:59-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Fire Department has started the Keep the Wreath Green program this year. 

The Keep the Wreath Green program is in its eighth year and serves as a visual reminder of the importance of home fire safety during the winter holiday season.

The department has placed the beautiful holiday wreath at Dorothy B. Oven Park and during the next six weeks they will replace each one of the 50 green bulbs with a red one each time a residential fire occurs in our area.

“The holiday season is unfortunately one of the busiest times of the year for home fires,” says Fire Chief Jerome Gaines. “By changing out the bulbs on the wreath to red, our citizens will hopefully get a visual reminder that home fires do happen and more importantly know that they are preventable.”

The wreath will be on display through January 12, 2018.

Past statistics from the Keep the Wreath Green Fire Safety Campaign:

  • 2010 changed 41 red bulbs
  • 2011 changed 38 red bulbs
  • 2012 changed 22 red bulbs
  • 2013 changed 16 red bulbs
  • 2014 changed 15 red bulbs
  • 2015 changed 14 red bulbs – $1.3 million in residential damage
  • 2016 changed 11 red bulbs - $480,000 in residential damage