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Keep the Wreath Red this Holiday Season

The “Keep the Wreath Red” wreath outside Lebanon’s Perseverance Fire Station #17 at 8th & Orange Streets
The “Keep the Wreath Red” wreath outside Lebanon’s Perseverance Fire Station #17 at 8th & Orange Streets

Lebanon Fire Commissioner Duane Trautman has hung the eight large wreaths festooned with red lights for his annual “keep the wreath red” campaign.

From 6PM tonight through 6PM New Year’s Day, the wreaths will remain up on the four city fire stations, plus his own fire station home along the first block of South 8th Street, and at the Lebanon Farmers Market, Mel’s Diner and Domino’s Pizza along Cumberland Street downtown.

Each time there’s a preventable fire in the city, one of the red light bulbs on each wreath will be replaced by a white one.

While some fires are not considered preventable, Trautman says the vast majority of fires this time of year are. But they don’t start the way most people think:

He says never plug space heaters into power strips or extension cords because they can’t handle the electrical draw and will start a fire.

So does the “keep the wreath red” campaign make a difference?

In a typical holiday season, the city of Lebanon sees anywhere from six to ten preventable fires.