Clay Fire brings fire safety awareness with "Keep the Wreath Red" program

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It’s no surprise that things like candles, lights, and other holiday decorations are to blame for several fires during the holiday season.

While Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. That's why fire departments around the country are sending a message.

Clay Fire Territory teamed up with other fire departments across the country in the "Keep the Wreath Red" program. The program will run through New Year’s Day.

Clay Fire placed a wreath with red bulbs in front of the Fire Station 21 on Cleveland Road. The goal of the "Keep the Wreath Red" program is to increase fire safety awareness and keep all of the bulbs on the wreath red. In the event of a fire, firefighters will replace one of the red bulbs with a white one.

The following are some important safety tips that are applicable year-round, but are especially important during the holiday season.
• Don’t leave any food cooking unattended
• Keep the stove top clear of any flammable items
• Have a fire extinguisher close by, never use water on a grease fire
• In case of fire, turn off the heat and close the door
• Always use a turkey or deep fryers outside and a safe distance from buildings
• Smoke alarms should be on all levels of a house especially by sleeping areas

If you have any questions, you can contact the fire department at (574) 272-2144

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