The Mankato Department of Public Safety’s “Keep the wreath bright, prevent a red light” campaign ended on New Year’s Day.

Fire Deputy Director Jeff Bengtson said that during the holiday period, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, “We experienced three preventable fires, which were indicated by three red bulbs on the wreath. The first cause was related to a faulty dishwasher; the second was somebody had stored some plastic food containers in the drawer beneath the oven and turned the oven on and inadvertently ignited those food containers; and the third was due to careless smoking.”

Bengtson said there was just one preventable fire in 2016, none during the holidays the previous year, but it, “Wasn’t uncommon to have three to four prior to that.”

The goal of the campaign is to keep the wreath displayed at the Public Safety Center lit with clear bulbs — red bulbs represent preventable fires and blue bulbs represent preventable injuries.

“There were no fire related injuries this year or last year,” Bengtson added.

The three fires added up to a $127,000 loss.