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"Keep the Wreath Green Campaign"
The yearly "Keep the Wreath Green Campaign" gets underway in Pensacola this weekend.
Firefighters use wreaths in front of fire stations to remind people of the increased risk of fire over the holidays.
As Channel Three's Rob Brown reports, when Christmas decorations go up, chances for fire in the home increase
Outside of fire houses across Escambia County these wreathes will stand, full of green lights. However, after each fire at an occupied structure, one green light will be turned red. Firefighters hope it's a visible reminder for community members to practice fire safety through the Holidays.
When Christmas lights go up, so do the chances of fire.
Firefighters in Pensacola have begun their annual campaign to prevent holiday fires. They hope there's no red on the wreath this year.
Tom Smith lost his home to a fire two years ago.
"It is extremely important that people be as careful as they can possibly be."
He hopes the wreaths make people more aware, and encourage them to double-check everything.
Tom Smith said, "You can not be too safe. You need to do everything you can to possibly prevent having a fire."
Tom's wife Nancy says the wreaths should make folks double-check their fire-prevention approach.
"I just would hope that people, when they pass by, and they see that, that they realize what it really stands for."
Nancy says with so much going on during the holidays, it's easy to assume you're safe.
Smith said, "That's basically what I would tell people, is just please be careful. Keep it green. The things that we took for granted that were just ok .. just be careful. Be careful. It's just .. check things out. It doesn't ever hurt to do that, and it will probably safe your life, or your home."
In our conversations with the Smiths, they emphasized that failing to be cautious even one time, can result in a tragedy.