Valparaiso Fire Department: “Keep the Wreath Red”

From the Valparaiso Fire Department: As we approach the holiday season, the Valparaiso Fire Department would once again like to remind you to keep your holiday safe and happy. The Valparaiso Fire Department is teaming up with fire departments across the nation with the “Keep the Wreath Red” program. The program will run from December 2 to January 2.
The Valparaiso Fire Department has placed a wreath on Fire Station #2 at 2605 Cumberland Dr. that is illuminated with red bulbs. In the event of a fire, firefighters will replace a red bulb with a white bulb. The goal of the safety and awareness program is to “Keep the Wreath Red” by practicing fire safety.

The Valparaiso Fire Department would like to offer some tips to keep your holiday safe and happy:
– Check all you illuminated decorations to make sure the wires are free of cracks and frays.
– Make sure outside cords are UL rated for outdoor use and that indoor cords are not placed under throw rugs or carpets.
– Keep live trees watered and unplug your lights when not at home.
– Use extreme caution with candles and open flames
– Make sure your fireplace is in good working order. Do not burn tree limbs or wrapping paper in your fireplace. The rapid, intense fire can cause chimney fires.
– Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries if you did not change them in November.

The Valparaiso Fire Department would also like to remind all residents of Valparaiso and Center Township to have their heating systems cleaned and inspected. According to the latest data from the NFPA, heating equipment fires account for 15% of all reported home fires, and 19% of home fire deaths, with failure to clean solid fuel chimneys reported as the lead contributing factor in those fires. This is especially important since the VFD has already had numerous chimney fires so far this calendar year! In the event of a chimney fire, close the doors to the fire box, call 911, and evacuate your home, closing all doors behind you. Have and safe and happy holiday season and help Valpo “Keep the Wreath Red!”