Keep the Wreath Green campaign reminds community of fire safety during the holidays

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    This holiday season firefighters are reminding citizens to remember fire safety.

    During the month long Keep the Wreath Green campaign, four wreaths are on display at fire stations around the city to raise awareness of the increased fire and safety hazards during the holidays.

    “We start off in the beginning of the month with a wreath with all green bulbs on it and for every residential fire we have during the month of December we add a red bulb,” Gainesville Fire Rescue district chief James Lovvorn said.

    The goal of the campaign is to have only green bulbs at the end of the year, but so far, this month there have already been two residential fires.

    " We already have two red bulbs. We had a fire yesterday and we had a fire earlier today so we've added two bulbs to the wreath already,” Lovvorn said.

    The Gainesville Fire Department wants those red bulbs to serve as a reminder for people to be aware of the fire hazards that can be more prevalent during the holiday season.

    "When you're decorating do so appropriately -- don’t piggyback too many decorations on one receptacle. Make sure your lights are set up so they don't short out. Keep that Christmas tree wet and nice and green for the season so it doesn't dry out and create a big hazard,” Lovvorn said.

    Firefighters say you should always unplug holiday lights before leaving the house or going to bed.

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