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To keep the holiday safe, keep the water coming

If you have a Christmas tree in your home, be sure to keep the water coming.

To demonstrate the importance of a well-watered tree, a team of fire safety engineers took a Scotch pine, cut two inches off the trunk, and placed it in a stand with a generous water capacity.

After watering the tree regularly for several days they attempted to ignite a branch. An entire matchbook couldn’t get a fire going. They finally had to use a propane torch to get a flame started. But once it caught, they removed the torch and the flame self-extinguished.

In the second part of the experiment, they set a match to a tree that hadn’t been watered daily. It was engulfed in flames within three seconds.

Go! Water!

“Christmas Tree Fire Hazards” U.S. Fire Administration,

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