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Firefighters use red wreath to remind people to be safe

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Clay Fire, along with other local fire departments are reminding people to stay safe this holiday season.  The program is called Keep The Wreath Red, where a wreath with red lights is displayed outside of the Cleveland Road Fire Station.  Every preventable fire that happens between November 28nd and January 1st, they will change a red bulb to a white bulb.

Clay Fire Deputy Fire Marshal, Ron Meltser says this is an important time of year to remind people to be more cautious to prevent fires.  "This time of year people are a little more careless,"  Meltser said, "during that time period and there are a lot of things up that aren't up the rest of the year."

Clay Fire has a list of safety tips to help keep people safe.

  • Don't leave any food cooking unattended
  • Keep the stovetop clear of any flammable items
  • Have a fire extinguisher close by, never use water on a grease fire
  • In case of fire, turn off the heat and close the door
  • Always use a turkey or deep fryers outside and a safe distance from buildings
  • Smoke alarms should be on all levels of a house especially by sleeping areas

The wreath currently only has two white bulbs on it.

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