Peoria Fire Departments want to see more red

By WEEK Reporter

December 24, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The city of Peoria has seen an increase in fires this month.

Firefighters are concerned about the above average number and say the ‘Keep the Wreath Red’ campaign is hurting because of it.

The campaign is a way to promote fire safety to residents.

Wreaths filled with red lights hang outside every fire station in Peoria.

A while bulb replaces a red one each time a fire results in damage.

There have been 12 so far this month.

"There are like 25 strings of buds on that wreath, and 50% of them are now white,” said Phillip Maclin, the Peoria Fire Prevention Chief. “So again we want to reduce that number. Hopefully from this point on we can practice fire safe behaviors in our community."

Fire prevention tips include: not leaving food unattended on a stovetop, not overloading electrical outlets and keeping potential fire starters out of reach from children.

Officials also advise residents not to burn wrapping paper or christmas trees in fire places inside their homes.