WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Fire stations across Schuyler County want families to help "keep the wreath blue" this holiday season.
Fourteen years ago, the Schuyler County Firefighters Association started the Keep the Wreath Blue Campaign. It's an annual attempt at spreading fire prevention awareness, especially around the holidays.
From the day after Thanksgiving to the end of the year, a wreath outside the Schuyler County Emergency Management Office dons blue bulbs. Each time fire personnel responds to a structure fire, a blue bulb is swapped out for a red one at all participating fire and first responder stations.
"In the fourteen years we've had as many as eight and as few as two, so we're hoping one of these years to keep it blue for the whole season," says Bill Kennedy, Coordinator for Schuyler County Emergency Management.
Last year, there were six structure fires over the course of those few months. Fire Departments across the county also handled 187 incidents.
Officials say while first responders are always busy, this is just another way to highlight safety.
"If you're using fuel to burn firewood or coal, you need to keep your chimney clean," says Kennedy. "[Also] make sure your cords aren't frayed, keep your Christmas tree watered--it's simple stuff everybody should know, but we just like to remind them to be safe all the time."
And so far, so good. As of right now, each bulb on this year's wreath is currently blue.
As we head further into the holiday season, you can keep track of the blue wreath on the Schuyler County Emergency Management Facebook Page.