“Keep the Wreath Red…”
Lemont, IL – Brrrr…It’s that time of year again. As the seasons change we are reminded the winter holidays are a time for celebration, and for most of us that means more time spent at home with our families cooking, and entertaining. As you turn up the heat in your home to fight the cold winter air, we urge you to keep fire safety in mind. Last year in Illinois, heating equipment caused 355 fires, resulting in 12 injuries, one death and more than $12.5 million in property damage. Lemont Fire District Chief George Rimbo once again wants to remind you to use common sense so you have a safe and happy holiday season.
Tips for seasonal fire safety include, use caution with holiday decorations and only choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant materials. Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and never use candles to decorate Christmas trees. Place candles on higher furniture, where they won’t be knocked over by children or pets. Never place lit candles in windows, where they could ignite blinds or curtains. Use UL approved lights and electrical decorations, and follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation and maintenance. Take care not to overload extension cords. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States, so when cooking for holiday visitors, remember to keep an eye on the range. The message is clear – Fire Safety in the home is everyone’s job.
Once again this year, the Lemont Fire Protection District will participate in the “Keep the Wreath Red…” program. Thanks to the generosity of the Lemont Garden Club each Lemont Fire Station has a beautiful Christmas wreath with red bulbs hanging outside the station. Whenever a home fire occurs during the holiday season, a red bulb is changed to a white bulb. Our goal with your help is to “Keep the Wreath Red!”
Everyone should have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Today we teach even toddlers how to dial 911 to call for help. Most importantly, please, develop and practice a home fire escape plan. If you have any questions or need assistance with fire safety please contact Jeff Hawthorne at the Lemont Bureau of Fire Prevention at (630)257-0191 or visit us on the web at lemontfire.com.