On average, one of every 32 reported Christmas tree fires between 2011 and 2015 resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Four of every five of the fires occurred in December or January. And some type of heat source, like a candle, was too close to the tree 26 percent of the times a fire occurred and 80 percent of the times the fire resulted in a death.
Many fire agencies across the state, including Plainfield Fire Protection District, participate in the "Keep the Wreath Red" campaign in an effort to remind residents to practice fire safety during the holiday season.
If the wreaths are lit red, then that agency has not had any issues related to holidays decorations. A white light bulb is lit when a fire has occurred.
"This is the first time we’ve had one in as long as I can remember," Stratton said.