New Haven Fire Department uses holiday decor for fire prevention

The wreath on the side of New Haven Fire Department's building is more than just a festive decoration. You may look at it a little differently once you learn about its purpose.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2018 7:29 PM
Updated: Dec. 4, 2018 6:34 AM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT)- It's holiday season, so you'll see plenty of wreaths all over the place but this one outside of New Haven Fire Department is more than just decoration.

"For us it's to keep the wreath red. in the event from thanksgiving to christmas, that time period, if we have a fire that would be related to what we would consider maybe holiday decorations or really in fire for that matter, we would change one bulb from red to white," Joshua Hale, Fire Chief of New Haven Fire Department said.

Hale said this is a statewide initiative to bring awareness to fire prevention. Since its colder out and there will be more lights, and more heater use. He hopes the wreath will serve as a reminder for fire safety.

"This is just the time of year when we get kind of wrapped up in the holidays and doing different things and we wanted to bring awareness to fire prevention at this point and time of the year," he added.

Like the logos on the trucks, he said fires are everyone's fight and thankfully in New Haven their haven't been any so far this holiday season.

With your help making sure you check your home smoke detectors, unplugging heaters at night, and monitoring the electrical cords that go to the Christmas lights, it can stay that way keeping the wreath red.

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