Fire Rescue Service wants to have a ‘green’ Christmas

The holiday wreath outside of Fire Hall 1 in Abbotsford replaces a green bulb with a red one on any day there is a house fire.

Fire prevention officer Larry Hooge is shown during last year’s holiday wreath campaign.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue is once again holding its holiday wreath campaign to remind the public to be fire-safe this season.

The campaign began Dec. 1 at Fire Hall 1 (32270 George Ferguson Way). A wreath on display has 31 green lights representing each day in December, with the goal of keeping the wreath green for the entire month.

A green light is replaced with a red light for every day that a preventable residential fire occurs.

A sign below the wreath lists the number of residential fires, the number of “other calls” and the “total number of incidents.” The board is updated every morning.

Lt. Ted Main of the fire prevention division said some of the ways that people can stay safe this holiday season are to restrict the use of electrical extension cords, never leave cooking or candles unattended, and check that their smoke alarms work properly.

More safety tips are available online at abbotsford.ca/fire.

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