May 20, 2022

Quincy Fire Department launches effort to keep red crowns

QUINCY (WGEM) – Quincy firefighters hung red lights on wreaths at fire stations on Wednesday to indicate there have been no fires yet this season. However, a red bulb will change to white with every light during the holiday season.

Firefighters say their goal is to raise awareness of the causes of seasonal fires and keep the blisters on the red crown.

“We’re launching it the day before Thanksgiving because Thanksgiving is kind of tied to this holiday season,” said firefighter Tyler Staicoff. “It’s the peak day for cooking fires, so we like to do it the day before Thanksgiving and the event will run until January 1, 2022.”

The Quincy Fire Department has honored this tradition for about a decade, and they report that the visual cue on the red wreath was very successful.

QFD reports that some of the most common causes of fires during the holiday season come from preparing gourmet meals that people wouldn’t normally cook and people misusing heaters.

“Kitchen fires happen very often this time of year, especially Thanksgiving and radiator fires,” said assistant chef Michael Dade. “People get really, really creative in cold weather, and we just want to remind them to be safe first and enjoy the holiday season without tragedy.

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