|Keep the Wreath Red|
|By Member Ed St. Louis|
|December 2, 2019|
“Keep the Wreath Red”
As you drive by the BFPD Station One, you will notice our red-lit wreath.
In 1954, Naperville part-time firefighter Paul Boecker pitched a new idea. Just 23 years old, Boecker was ahead of the times, believing that fire prevention began in the community. His hope was to increase holiday decor fire risk awareness by placing a red-lit wreath outside the fire station where community members could visualize bulbs changed to white; representing a holiday-related fire. This coined the phrase “keep the wreath red”. By 1980, Boecker had worked his way to Fire Chief and the holiday prevention campaign, now widespread, was adopted by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.
This holiday season, let us continue in the spirit of prevention.
Be safe and “Keep the Wreath Red". Some suggestions for holiday safety are:
● Artificial trees are safer than real trees.