The Sycamore Fire Department will host the annual firehouse tradition of a Red Wreath program this holiday season.
On Thursday, fire stations 1 and 2 began displaying a wreath on the front of the buildings, and the wreaths will remain there until Jan. 2, according to a news release.
The wreath represents a challenge to Sycamore residents to keep the lights red. Should a fire occur in Sycamore that involves a holiday-related activity, a bulb on the wreath will be changed from red to white. The purpose of this challenge is to remind everyone that the happiness of the holiday season can be changed in an instant by a fire, according to the release.
There were no holiday-related fire incidents last year, according to the fire department.
“We encourage everyone to enjoy this time of year with family, but remember common sense, and awareness of fire threats can keep the wreaths red,” the fire department said.
A few quick reminders for a safe holiday season include:
• Keep hydrants clear and accessible to the fire department. Do not place anything around the hydrants, such as garbage cans, snow, etc., that could interfere with a quick response from the fire department during an emergency. If using a turkey fryer, it should be used outdoors where there are no objects nearby that could catch fire. Use extreme caution, as personal injury still could occur.
• Inspect all illuminated decorations to make sure they are in safe working order. Some things to check for are frayed wires or open light sockets.
• Only use exterior-approved cords outdoors.
• Extension cords should not be run under throw rugs or carpet.
• Keep live Christmas trees watered. If a tree is beginning to dry out, limit the use of Christmas lights.
• Always turn illuminated decorations off before leaving the house.
• Make sure the fireplace is in good working condition and chimneys are free of obstructions or creosote buildup.
• Do not burn garbage such as gift wrap or mail in the fireplace.
• Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
• Keep at least 12 inches of space between candles and any objects.
• Make sure smoke detectors are in working order. If batteries were not changed with the clocks during daylight saving time, change them now.
For information on holiday safety, call the fire department at 815-895-4514 or visit the department’s Facebook page at City of Sycamore Fire Department for occasional postings.
Source: The Daily Chronicle