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Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service launches “Keep The Wreath Green” Holiday Safety Program

Christmas wreath with green lights at the Lindsay Fire Station

Christmas wreath with green lights at the Lindsay Fire Station

Kawartha Lakes – In anticipation of the festive season, the Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service has launched their Keep The Wreath Green holiday safety program. This initiative is designed to raise awareness about fire safety and actively contribute to the reduction of fire incidents during the holiday season.

Starting December 1, 2023 a wreath with 31 green lights will be displayed at the front desk of Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service’s headquarters, located at 9 Cambridge Street North, Lindsay. The wreath, a visual representation of our community's commitment to fire safety, serves as a reminder for residents and businesses alike to prioritize safety during holiday festivities.

For each commercial or residential fire that occurs within Kawartha Lakes, a green bulb on the wreath will be replaced with a red one. The light bulbs provide a visual representation of fire incidents but also underscore the importance of fire safety within our community.

Fire Chief Terry Jones stated, "The Keep The Wreath Green program is an opportunity for our community to unite in promoting fire safety during the holiday season. By actively participating in this initiative and spreading awareness, we can collectively work towards reducing the number of fire incidents and ensuring the well-being of our residents."

Residents are urged to take proactive steps to enhance fire safety during the holidays, including:

  • Mindful Decorating: Keep decorations away from heat sources.
  • Candle Caution: Place candles in secure holders on stable surfaces, away from flammable materials and never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Light Inspection: Check holiday lights for any signs of wear or damage and turn them off when not in use.
  • Cooking Awareness: Stay attentive while cooking, and keep flammable items away from the stove.

The Keep The Wreath Green program will run until New Year's Day, symbolizing the community's dedication to fire safety throughout the holiday season.

Be sure to follow Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Services on X (formerly known as Twitter), to follow along with the campaign and receive fire safety tips throughout the holiday season.

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