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The Portage County “Keep the Wreath Green” program will start on Thanksgiving Day and run through New Years. The “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign is designed to raise public awareness of home fires during the holidays. Each Fire Department in Portage County is displaying a wreath that starts the season with all green bulbs. When a structure fire happens during the season, each wreath will have one green bulb replaced with a red one. The goal is to keep as many green bulbs in the wreath as possible. Many fire departments are offering holiday safety tips during the season. You can visit the new Amherst Fire District website at to find out more on how you can keep your family safe during the holiday season. The Fire fighters, First Responders and Ambulance staff wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season

Victor R. Voss Fire Chief

Happy New Year

  1. At a party, check to be sure the exits are clear.

  2. Never let friends drink excessively. Alcohol affects judgement and coordination.

  3. Check under furniture and cushions for smoldering cigarettes.

Independence Day

  1. Fireworks Safety

  2. Check to be sure local laws permit private firework celebrations.

  3. Adults should supervise the use of fireworks.

  4. Sparks and smoldering embers from fireworks can start fires. Have water nearby for emergencies.

  5. Never use fireworks in neighborhood backyards or other crowded areas.

  6. Always light fireworks one at a time.

Outdoor Cooking Safety

  1. Keep grills a safe distance from houses and overhangs.

  2. Use only properly labeled starter fluid, never substitute gasoline or kerosene.

  3. Never apply fire starter to a smoldering fire. Instead, add dry kindling and blow gently across coals.

  4. Never leave outdoor cooking unattended.


  1. Costumes and decorations should be made of flame-retardant materials.

  2. Avoid loose, flammable clothing. Each mask, wig and costume must be easily seen at night.

  3. Use battery powered lights for jack-o-lanterns, not candles.

  4. Keep decorations away from sources of heat, such as exposed bulbs and open flames.


  1. Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.

  2. Keep kitchen clutter and loose clothing away from the stove's heat.

  3. Turn pot handles in, away from a child's reach.

  4. Use pot holders to avoid burns.

  5. Never throw water on a grease fire. Instead, cover the burning pan with a lid.

  6. Keep all appliances in good working order.

  7. Never overload electrical outlets.

  8. Unplug appliances when not in use.

  9. Never leave cooking food unattended.

  10. Keep Thanksgiving decorations away from sources of direct heat.

Christmas Safety

  1. Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh. Shedding needles is a sign of a dry tree.

  2. Keep your tree fresh by placing it in a stand that holds water.

  3. Make sure artificial trees are flame-retardant.

  4. Never smoke around tree or flammable decorations.

  5. Place trees away from direct sources of heat.

  6. Never place a tree so it blocks an exit.

  7. Only buy electric lights that are approved by a national testing lab such as UL.

  8. Never decorate metal trees with electric lights

  9. Always unplug lights before going to bed.

  10. Never run electrical cords through doorways or under rugs.

  11. Keep candles in sturdy holders and never places them near combustibles such as curtains.

  12. Avoid hanging stockings near an open flame.

  13. Never burn large amount of paper in a fireplace. This is a major cause of chimney fires.