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First Red Bulb Is A Safety Reminder!

Escambia County Fire Rescue has placed the first red bulb on the wreath in 2023 following a residential structure fire Monday evening.


Last night the Escambia County Fire Department responded to a fire due to an overloaded power strip. During the holiday season, plugging in extra decorations, additional cooking appliances, or heating units could place the home in risk of fire.

The “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety campaign is a collaborative initiative with the City of Pensacola to promote fire safety during December. During the month-long campaign, five-foot wreaths are on display at 21 county fire stations and five city fire stations, as well as Escambia County’s Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building downtown, the Escambia County Public Safety Building, and Pensacola City Hall. Each time firefighters respond to a residential fire with damage, a green light bulb will be replaced with a red one to remind citizens of the dangers posed by fires in a residential home. View here for more tips on how to stay safe during the holiday season.

If your home does not have a working smoke detector, please call Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-HERO (4376) or 850-436-5200 for the city of Pensacola residents.

Safety Tips:

Escambia County Fire Rescue encourages everyone to practice fire safety, especially during the holiday season. Residents are encouraged to follow these safety tips so everyone can have a safe and happy holiday:

  • Remember to blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Remember to check the wires of appliances regularly and to replace or repair frayed, damaged cables.
  • Unplug all small electrical appliances, such as irons and toasters when not in use.
  • Check smoke detectors regularly to make sure they are working properly.
  • Communicate an escape plan to other members of the household in the event of a fire.

For fire safety tips and other updates from Escambia County Fire Rescue, like Escambia County Fire Rescue on Facebook.

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