Dry Christmas Trees Can be a DISASTER!

November 24, 2012

The Holidays are upon us. Where has the year gone? I would like to remind everyone to keep their Christmas trees well watered and fully hydrated. If you need visual proof, watch them burn HERE!

Trees used indoors for the holidays account for approximately 400 fires annually, resulting in 10 deaths, 80 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage. These videos demonstrate how quickly the fire can develop when a DRY tree is exposed to an open flame.

Properly maintain your cut Christmas tree to maintain a high moisture content in the needles of the tree. This will help to limit accidental ignition and prevent a rapid flame spread fire from developing in your home.  A tree which has dry needles can readily ignite and generate heat release rates that are capable of causing flashover in residential sized rooms. Watch the videos to see just how rapidly the fire spreads!

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