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Dec 15, 2021
Keep the Wreath RED this Holiday Season!

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December kicks off the Hinsdale Fire Department's annual Keep the Wreath Red campaign. If a fire occurs in Hinsdale due to a holiday decoration, the Fire Department will replace a red bulb with a white one. Let's keep the wreath red this holiday season. Here are some ways to prevent fires this time of year:
Make sure a live Christmas tree doesn’t dry out. Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch.
Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks.
Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
Ensure that all decorations are nonflammable or flame retardant and placed away from heat vents.
Do not block exits with trees or other holiday decorations. In the event of a fire, time is of the essence. A blocked entry/exit way puts you and your family at risk.
Avoid burning wrapping paper in the fireplace. Burning wrapping paper can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous sparks and embers that may result in a chimney fire.