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Wreath’s single red light bulb reminds residents about fire hazards

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By Lisa Braxton

Fire officials in Wausau, Wisconsin, have begun their annual “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign to raise fire safety awareness during the holiday season.

The wreath, which firefighters placed in front of the Grand Avenue fire station on Thanksgiving Day, is decorated with green bulbs that are changed to red with each fire.

This year marked the first time the department remembered having a house fire on the first day of the campaign. The Wausau Daily Herald reports that a family escaped when the mother woke up to smoke. The home was a total loss.

As part of the campaign fire officials are reminding the public about proper cleaning of chimneys, space heater safety, checking smoke alarms, and electrical safety. The wreath will remain on display until New Year’s Day.

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