No doubt you have a day filled with food, presents, family and fun ahead of you.
Your schedule is probably planned out to the very last second so you can fit it all in.
But if you have a live tree in your home there’s one thing you should add to that list, and that’s watering your tree.
In fact, why not go ahead and do it right now?
Although Christmas tree fires are thankfully quite rare, they’re often deadlier than other house fires, and a dried out thirsty tree could be putting you and your family in serious danger.
A dry tree is fully engulfed in flame in 30 seconds flat!
According to tests done by the National Institute of Standards and Technology when a dry tree is lit on fire…
- Within just five seconds the fire spreads to other branches.
- Within 15 seconds most of the tree is burning.
- At 30 seconds the tree is fully engulfed in flames.
- And at one minute and 30 seconds nothing but the trunk and a few of the largest needless branches remain.
In other words, a dry-tree fire spreads fast and furious and it’s difficult to escape. According to one Fire Inspector a Christmas tree fire can quickly reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
In contrast, when NIST tried lighting a well-watered tree on fire the flames never spread and they fizzled out on their own.
Here’s the terrifying video that goes with the test, if you care to watch it. But we certainly won’t blame you if you chose to skip down to the rest of the Christmas tree safety tips below instead.
4 more Christmas tree safety tips
Besides keeping your tree well-watered below are four more Christmas tree tips to keep you and your family safe throughout the rest of this season:
- Don’t connect more than three stands of Christmas lights together
- Check for any frayed wires on your Christmas lights and throw out 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 don’t forget to make sure your smoke detector is working and has fresh batteries.
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