Help WWFD keep the wreaths red

By on Friday, November 26th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – As the winter months settle in, particularly around the holiday season, the number of structure fires tends to increase. That’s why the Walla Walla Fire Department is once again involving the community in a risk-reduction program called Keep the Wreaths Red.

Now through New Year’s Day, the WWFD will have a wreath decorated with red lights hanging at each of the city’s fire stations. For every fire that happens now until Jan. 1, WWFD will replace one of the red bulbs with a white one to signify a fire has occurred.

“We hope the community will help us keep the wreaths red by keeping safety at the forefront during this holiday season,” Deputy Fire Chief John Knowles said. “Have a wonderful holiday season, stay safe and check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.”

For many people, holiday fun begins in the kitchen. However, the National Fire Protection Association reports that’s where many holiday fires begin. Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires. Cooks should stay in the kitchen when using the stove top, keep children away from the stove, and make sure pot and pan handles on the stove top are out of the reach of children.