The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is launching a "Keep the Wreath Red" campaign, to remind the community about fire prevention over the holidays.
Firefighters are putting a wreath display on the front doors of the Central Fire Station at 713 1st Avenue SE. The display will have red bulbs on it and will be replaced with white bulbs if a residential fire occurs during the holiday season. The ultimate goal is to keep the wreath light with all red bulbs through New Year's Day.
Over 30,000 cars pass by the fire station each day. The wreath display is a visual reminder that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a dangerous time for fires in the home.
During this time, there are a higher number of cooking fires, candle fires, short circuits in holiday lights, and combustible holiday decoration. More people are also using their fire places as temperatures get colder.