Tomorrow is the big day. And you probably have every moment between now and then planned perfectly. From the gift exchange to the food, with your careful planning no doubt it will all go off without a hitch.
But if you have a live Christmas tree, there’s an important task which may have been left off your list. And missing this one could turn into a true disaster.
With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, it’s easy to forget about watering the Christmas tree. And a thirsty tree wrapped in lights could be putting your family and home in serious danger.
And there’s good news and bad news.
The good news is Christmas tree fires are rare. But the bad news is they’re often deadlier than other house fires.
A dry Christmas tree can go up in flames in 30 seconds
And according to fire experts, it can take just 30 seconds for a dry tree to be fully engulfed in flames.
In fact, in testing done by the National Institute of Standards (NIST) and technology it took just…
- 5 seconds for fire to spread from the initial light to other branches
- 15 seconds for most of the tree to be burning
- 30 seconds to be fully in flames
- 90 seconds for nothing but the trunk and largest branches remaining
And a tree fire can quickly reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, a fire caused by a dry tree burns fast and furious.
However, testing done on well-watered trees tells a completely different story. When well-watered trees are set on fire, the flames don’t spread. And, in fact, they simply fizzle out on their own.
Take a break to water your Christmas tree NOW
So I’d like you to do me a favor. Take a moment right now, before you finish reading this edition of Healthier Talk, to water your tree. (Be sure to unplug your lights before watering!)
We’ll still be here when you come back. And when you do, we’ll have a few more Christmas tree safety tips to share that can help protect your family and home for the rest of the season.
Good, now that you’ve fed your tree if you’d like to watch a video of the NIST fire testing it’s below.
But be warned, it’s frightening. And I sure wouldn’t blame you if you just preferred to skip to the rest of the safety tips
Christmas tree safety tips to protect your family
You’ve already taken the most important step, watering your tree. Now just be sure to keep it up as long as you have your tree. I suggest setting a reminder on your cell phone so you don’t forget.
But besides keeping your tree well fed there are a few more simple steps you can take to safeguard against a Christmas tree fire.
- Never connect more than three stands of Christmas lights together
- Carefully check for frayed wires and toss any questionable strands
- Always turn your Christmas lights off at night when going to bed
- Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from any heat sources
And make sure your smoke detector is working and has fresh batteries.
From all of us here at Healthier Talk we wish you and yours a peaceful, safe and VERY Merry Christmas.