Keep the Wreath Green Campaign Kicks Off

(OnFocus) Marshfield Fire & Rescue aims to “Keep the Wreath Green” and raise awareness of fire safety this holiday season.

The department is participating in the 26th year of the campaign along with other Wood County departments. A wreath with green bulbs is hung at the station and whenever a structure fire occurs in the county, one bulb will be replaced with a red one.

Additionally, a white bulb at the top of the wreath honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Marshfield’s fallen firefighter, Lt. Marvin (Marv) Strohman, died in the line of duty on January 4, 1981. Members of the department honor his legacy during the holiday season by decorating Strohman Park on Central Ave. with holiday lights and decorations.

“The main goal of this campaign is to raise the level of awareness for fire safety during the holiday season and ultimately reduce the amount of fires that we see at any time during the year,” said Chief Scott Owen, Marshfield Fire & Rescue. “Our hope is to have a green wreath on January 1, 2020.”

Last year saw three holiday fires during the campaign, a low number compared to other years. The highest year in the campaign saw 20 fires.

One important fire safety tip includes monitoring candle usage and remembering to blow them out before going to sleep. Most candle fires occur in December and peak on Christmas and Christmas Eve, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

Homeowners should also be careful not to overload electrical outlets, and since dry trees are highly flammable, to keep their Christmas tree watered.

Keep the Wreath Green will run from Thanksgiving Day though New Year’s Eve.

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