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Terrifying Video Shows How Quickly An Unwatered Christmas Tree Can Go Up In Flames

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Terrifying Video Shows How Quickly An Unwatered Christmas Tree Can Go Up In Flames

A terrifying video clip has shown just how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames if not cared for properly.

Although it's the most wonderful time of the year, it's super important to make sure that your home is a safe one to celebrate in.

In a video created by the National Fire Protection Association, it's been demonstrated how quickly a dried-out Christmas tree can burn down, compared to a well-watered tree.

By placing your Christmas tree into water and watering it daily, you can save yourself some vital seconds if a fire breaks out.

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In the video clip, the first demonstration shows an unwatered Christmas tree catch fire, burning to a crisp in a matter of seconds and engulfing the living room in flames.

In the second demonstration, featuring a regularly watered Christmas tree, the fire that breaks out is far better contained and doesn't spread nearly as far or as fast.

The National Fire Protection Association claims that a dry tree can catch fire and burn faster than newspaper.

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The video shows just how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames. (Credit: National Fire Protection Association)
The video shows just how fast a Christmas tree can go up in flames. (Credit: National Fire Protection Association)

While it's nice to have your home feeling warm and cosy with bright lights, fireplaces, and candles, one wrong move could make for a very different Christmas.

Here are some more tips to prevent fires like this from breaking out in your home over the Christmas period.

  • Keep your Christmas tree at least three feet away from heat sources, including portable heaters, fireplaces, or radiators.
  • Make sure that your Christmas tree is not blocking any exits.
  • Be sure to read any instructions on your light strands before decorating your home.
  • Turn off your Christmas lights at night.
  • Never overload electrical sockets.
  • Get rid of your Christmas tree as soon as it goes dry after the holidays.
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A fire in a well-watered Christmas tree will not spread nearly as fast or as far. (Credit: National Fire Protection Association)
A fire in a well-watered Christmas tree will not spread nearly as fast or as far. (Credit: National Fire Protection Association)

The National Fire Protection Association claims that more than one in every five Christmas tree fires are caused by a heat source too close to a tree, while more than one in three home decoration fires are started by candles.

Lesson learned - make sure to water that Christmas tree!

Featured Image Credit: National Fire Protection Association

Topics: Home, Christmas

Ali Condon
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