The Buffalo Grove Fire Department has hung a wreath lit by red bulbs at each fire station. If a fire is directly caused by holiday decorations, one red bulb will be changed to a white bulb. By following these tips, you can help “Keep the Wreath Red.”
- Consider an artificial tree; they are much safer and cleaner. Select only fresh trees that are deep green in color, have a strong scent of pine, and do not lose their needles readily.
- Do not rely on chemical sprays to make your tree flame resistant.
- Keep trees in water‐holding stands and keep stands full of water. Place trees away from heat sources and a safe distance from exits.
- Buy and use lights approved by a national testing laboratory.
- Discard any lights that have frayed or worn cords, cracked sockets, broken or loose connections, bare wires, or operate intermittently.
- Never use indoor lights outdoors. Do not overload electrical outlets (follow the manufacturers instructions for the number of strings that can be plugged in together).
- Do not run extension cords under carpets, across doorways, or near heaters.
- Unplug lights when you leave your home or before going to bed.
- Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Keep candles away from items that can catch fire, like clothing, books and curtains.
- Use candleholders that are sturdy, won’t tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn, and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
- Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
- Keep candlewicks trimmed to one-quarter inch and extinguish taper and pillar candles when they get to within two inches of the holder. Candles should be extinguished before the last half-inch of wax starts to melt.
- During power outages, avoid carrying a lit candle. Use flashlights.
Winter Season tips:
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children's reach.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Keep candles in sturdy holders and away from combustibles.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothing near open flames of a fireplace, candle, or stove.
- Burn only well-seasoned, dry wood in your fireplace.
- NEVER burn Christmas paper wrapping in your fireplace. The paper burns too hot and too fast and could cause a fire in your chimney.