‘Keep the Wreath Bright, Prevent a Red Light” kicks off tomorrow
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Beginning tomorrow, a wreath will be lit with only clear bulbs, if/when a fire happens in Mankato, a red bulb will appear to represent preventable fires.
When a blue bulb appears on the wreath, it signifies a preventable fire-related injury.
Fire officials with the city of Mankato offer some tips to stay safe during the holidays such as staying in the kitchen while cooking, avoid overloading electrical outlets or extension cords as well as preventing holiday trees from getting dry with consistent watering.
“The goal is to keep it bright and keep the red lights away and the blue lights away and just maintain awareness throughout the holiday season, said Fire Marshal Sean Hayes, of the Mankato Fire Department. “I know we get busy and have a lot going on but it’s just an important reminder to be aware that in most cases every fire is preventable and injuries preventable.”
Last year’s campaign ended with two red bulbs on the wreath.
Public Safety says unattended cooking continues to be the leading cause of housefires nationwide.
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