The wreath is covered in green lights, and the fire department is replacing a green light with a red light for every residential structure fire between Dec. 2 and Jan. 1.
The wreath is hanging on Fire Station No. 1 on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The Chapel Hill Fire Department offers these tips for preventing fires this holiday season:
- Choose holiday decorations that made of flame-resistant, flame-retardant, or non-combustible materials
- Remove any obstacles from walking areas
- Never leave candles unattended
- For height-decorating, take appropriate protection measures and never work alone
- Inspect lighting before use, making sure all wires, bulbs, and connections are safe.
- Discard any lights with exposed wires, broken insulation, cracked or missing bulbs, or other defects
- Use lights listed by an independent testing laboratory
- Avoid the use of drop cords to operate holiday lights
- Turn off all holiday lights when you are away from home
- Have the tree lot operator provide a "fresh cut" on the trunk by removing to 1 inch of the base of the tree
- Immediately place the tree in water and continuously keep the tree watered while in the house
- Look for signs of freshness on live trees by lightly pulling branches through your closed fist. Properly hydrated trees should retain their needles during this test
- Keep a close check on the dryness of the tree and remove the tree when needles easily fall off
- Do not locate trees near heat ducts, open flames, or in front of doors or windows that may be used as a means of escape from your home.
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