Fire Dept’s lighted Christmas wreath keeps track of Beloit fires, deaths

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BELOIT, Wis. (WTVO) — Every year on Thanksgiving, the City of Beloit Fire Department uses lights on a Christmas wreath to keep track of all the city’s fires.

The wreath hangs outside the fire station and is lit up in green lights by default.

Is there’s a fire, one of the lights is turned red; a blue light signifies a death.

The fire department says the goal is to keep all of the lights green through January 1st.

According to Deputy Chief Jason Griffin, cooking accidents are the most common cause of fires during the holidays.

“We have phones now that kind of distract us from cooking. We have TVs. There’s a lot of distractions, now that we have with electronics,” he said. “Making sure that you watch what you’re doing on the stove is the most important, and that’s where we’re going to have most of our fires.”

Other fire safety tips include checking wires on Christmas lights to make sure they’re not worn down, and avoid putting extension cords under carpet or rugs.

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