According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2014 and 2018 an average of 160 home fires each year started with a Christmas tree. In the videos below, NIST fire researchers demonstrate what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs. a dry Christmas tree. For Christmas tree safety tips, visit the NFPA website.
Every holiday season, hundreds of residential fires start with a Christmas tree.
Above, you saw the NIST video that illustrates the dramatic difference between a fire started in a well-watered tree versus in a thirsty, neglected tree. Here, you can get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the video shoot.