Each year, the Danbury Fire department responds to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. That statistic from Fire Chief Geoff Herald. If people have artificial trees, they should have a label from the manufacturer ensuring its fire retardant.
Many towns held their tree lighting ceremonies over the weekend and now that many people have trimmed their own tree, some caution is being urged. Herald says people should check how many strings of lights they have plugged into each other.
Herald says more than three strung together can overwhelm the electrical system. He says most manufacturers say LED lights can handle many more than that, but the manufacturers warning should be adhered to.
Herald says one of every three home Christmas fires is caused by electrical problems. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes one in about six tree fires according to Herald.