- More than 400 people across the country die in fires during the holiday season each year.
The fire department in Merrill wants to help change that.
Every year they hang the "Keep It Green" wreath outside the department. The wreath is completely covered in green bulbs.
The top bulb is white to honor the firefighters who have died while serving their community.
The green bulbs remind people to stay safe, especially during the holiday season.
"If there are any structure fires between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, we remove a green bulb and install a red one to signify. And, those bulbs are to remind everyone to be fire safe and fire conscious during the holiday season," said Chief Savone.
Many fire departments in the Northwoods also hang green wreaths outside the department.
During the holiday season, especially today, be sure to be conscious of fire safety. The wreath reminds you to check your smoke detectors, remember Christmas tree safety, and clean your wood stoves.
"There is no good time to have a fire. It just seems we have quite a few fires during the winter period. mid-December to mid-January is the largest percentage of home fires or structure fires there are," said Savone.
So far this holiday season, Merrill has had one fire. They had five this time last year.
|Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua