Green bulbs on this wreath means there haven’t been any fires

1. Keep the wreath green.

Each year, the Marysville Fire District hangs a giant wreath adorned with green light bulbs outside each of its five stations.

The green bulbs change to red whenever there is a structure fire within the fire district. The wreaths are a reminder for residents to be safe this holiday season.

Here are some tips from the fire district to prevent fires and injuries:

Stay in the kitchen while cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home fires on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or sleep and avoid placing them near decorations or flammable things. December is the peak month for candle fires.

Keep the Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from a heat source, such as fireplaces, heaters and candles.

Turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

2. Santa Paws.

A holiday picture of your pet with Santa is just what’s needed above the fireplace mantle.

And it supports a good cause.

Santa Paws, the Everett Animal Shelter’s fundraiser, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Langus Hall, 400 Smith Island Road. There will be opportunities for pet-friendly family photos with Santa. Sociable cats, dogs and critters are welcome, but keep dogs on leashes and cats and critters in carriers.

Cost is $25. Proceeds will benefit dogs and cats at the Everett Animal Shelter.

3. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Here’s another cause to support.

The Friends of the Edmonds Library’s “Ho, Ho, Ho” display is up through December at the library, 650 Main St., Edmonds.

Shop for festive books, CDs, DVDs, holiday magazines and other gift items. Proceeds will support Edmonds Library programs and services.

Call 425-771-1933. More at

— Evan Thompson, Herald writer

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