Keep the Wreath Green

The Keep the Wreath Green program involves placing a wreath illuminated with green bulbs on display at local fire departments from November 26th through January 2nd. This is done to help raise fire awareness for area residents. For every fire that occurs in Wood County, a green bulb will be replaced with a red bulb. There is a single white bulb at the top of the wreath in remembrance of all fallen firefighters.



Year Fires
2012 9
2011 6
2010 6
2009 7
2008 5
2007 10
2006 4
2005 6
2004 6
2003 6
2002 13

The holiday season is here, and as you take time to celebrate with family and friends, don't let a fire ruin your holidays. In addition to the safety tips listed in our Fire Safety section, please take the time to consider the following suggestions as well:

Christmas Trees

  • Selecting a Tree for the Holiday
    Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.
    To see a video showing the fire danger of a dry tree, use this link.
  • Caring for Your Tree
    Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
  • Disposing of Your Tree
    Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or woodburning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

Holiday Lights

  • Maintain Your Holiday Lights
    Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
  • Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets
    Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch.
  • Do Not Leave Holiday Lights on Unattended.

Holiday Decorations

  • Use Only Nonflammable Decorations
    All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents.
  • Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplace
    It can throw off dangerous sparks and produce a chemical buildup in the home that could cause an explosion.
  • Artificial Christmas Trees
    If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

Candle Care 

  • Avoid Using Lit Candles
    If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.
  • Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree
    Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame - candles, lighters or matches.

Also make sure that all smoke detectors are cleaned and functioning. A smoke detector provides the early warning that can let you and your family escape before it is too late. Also take time to review your escape plan.


Thank you to the United States Fire Administration for providing the information on this page. USFA Site