It’s the most magical time of the year!
Presents, decorations and of course, Christmas trees — a staple of the holiday season.
And if you are a real stickler about your tree being the real deal for the holiday season, we have some tips that could actually save your home and maybe even your life.
In a clip released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the footage shows two real trees beside each other. Harmless, right?
Not quite. It then shows how quickly a fire can start with one that has not been watered, compared to one that has.
And folks, it is alarming to say the least.
The video shows how just in a few moments — the dry tree ignites in flames. Not even a full minute goes by and the whole tree has become engulfed — and in a disturbing turn of events, takes over the rest of the living room.
And just like that, in less than two minutes — the home is completely destroyed.
You can see for yourself right here below:
The caption beneath the video reads:
“According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start with a Christmas tree. In this video, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs. a dry Christmas tree.”
But what about the tree that was well watered? Aside from a very small flame that sparked in the center of the trunk and a little bit of smoke — the flame was quickly extinguished.
But do not fret friends! Thanks to the National Fire Protection Association website, there is plenty of advice on how to protect your loved ones and your home without sacrificing your handsome spruce.
It says: “Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer.”
And do not forget to ‘add water to the tree stand, daily’.
But beyond keeping your tree hydrated, the NFPA has a few other tidbits to keep you and your loved ones safe.
The NFPA website continues, saying: “Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
“Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.”
Folks commented underneath the video that has over 200K views, saying:
“Scary, esp in today’s homes with all the flammable materials used in furniture, carpeting, etc. things burn so well now,” as well as “I am so glad I never have a Christmas tree in my home.”
But just because Christmas will soon be over, doesn’t mean you are still safe exactly.
They added: “Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
“Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.”
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