Local firefighters trying to "Keep the Wreath Green"

Published On: Dec 06 2012 11:12:07 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 03:32:42 PM CST
LA CRESCENT, Minn. -

Local fire departments are taking a unique approach to raise awareness about fire dangers.

La Crescent, La Crosse, Onalaska, and the Town of Campbell are teaming up for the "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign.

For a third year, the departments have a wreath hanging outside filled with green lights. Every time there's a fire, they replace a light with a red one as a reminder to the public.

They say it's a way to keep people safe at a time when fires are more common. "People seem to leave cooking unattended at times, not watering Christmas trees enough, having open flames in their house a little bit more during the holiday season, and it just seems that fires are a little more prevalent during the holiday season," said Tony Murilla with the La Crescent Fire Department.

Fire crews say it's important to make sure you have a working smoke detector in your home.