The Consumer Product Safety Commission posted this video that shows how fast your Christmas tree will light on fire if you forget to water it.

It shows two trees side-by-side.  One’s been watered every day, and the other hasn’t.  The one that has been watered starts smoldering. There’s a lot of smoke but you’d probably have a chance to contain the fire.

Watch the clock. It takes SIX seconds! You couldn’t even find the fire extinguisher that fast!

If you got a real tree this year, make sure there’s always water in the base.  They can suck up as much as a gallon a day. Here are a few more quick safety tips:

  1. Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat sources, like radiators, fireplaces, and heating vents.

  2. Make sure none of the wires on your lights are frayed . . . always turn them off before you go to bed and don’t plug too many things into the same outlet.

  3. Don’t leave your tree up too long.  Once a bunch of needles start falling off, it’s a major fire hazard.  It doesn’t matter how much you water it.



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