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December 9, 2022

Village Council Study Session: December 13

Agenda highlights:  
  • Firearm safety follow-up 
This meeting will be held in Council Chambers at 510 Green Bay Road. View the meeting agenda and videos of previous meetings in our Agenda Center.  
Upcoming Events View more on our Community Calendar.
A Message on Holiday Safety from the Chief of the Fire Department
The winter holiday season in Winnetka can be a lively and joyous time for family and neighbors to come together and enjoy a wide range of activities. However, this can also be a time of significantly increased fire risk. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2015-2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. Additionally, an estimated average of 790 home structure fires per year began with other decorations. The Winnetka Fire Department wants you and your family to have a safe holiday season. Please consider the following holiday safety tips:

Holiday decorating 
  • Keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Always remember to extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed for the night. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Read and follow manufacturer instructions when using electric decorations. Some decorations and lights are designed only for indoor or outdoor use, not both. Inspect each item and wires before using and replace them if needed. Turn off all decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
Holiday Entertaining 
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Do not leave items cooking on the stovetop unattended.
Christmas Tree Safety
  • Fresh trees should be properly maintained to minimize combustion risk. Ensure they are well hydrated, three feet away from any heat source, and adorned with properly inspected and maintained decorations. Artificial trees should be certified by the manufacturer as fire retardant. View a video on Christmas tree safety from the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Safety Board.
  • Inspect all string lights to ensure they are not damaged or worn. Use lights that are tested by a qualified testing laboratory and appropriate for the usage (indoor vs. outdoor). Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Keep the Wreath Red
The Winnetka Fire Department participates in the Keep the Wreath Red campaign each year. Serving as a visual reminder to ensure safety precautions, a wreath will hang outside the fire station during the month of December. At the start, every light on the wreath will be red, but each time our firefighters respond to a fire caused by holiday decorations, they will change one red lightbulb to white. Help us keep the wreath red this year by following safety precautions and ensuring a safe holiday season.
Friends of the Green Bay Trail: Winter Solstice Parade of Lights, December 21
Decorate yourself, family, dogs, strollers or wagons with lights and things that glow. No candles or open flames, please! Meet at Glencoe’s Shelton Park playground for a festive presentation. Stroll the Green Bay trail to sing songs and celebrate the arrival of longer days. Festivities will end at the Shelton Park fire pit to enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments. Severe weather will cancel the parade. More information and updates are here.
Stormwater Management Construction Update
The Village is providing regular updates regarding the Stormwater Management Project, which can be found here
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