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Why You Should Water Your Christmas Tree

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 200 home fires each year start 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.

BEHIND THE SCIENCES: THE MAKING OF A NIST HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Two engineers observe the scene for the Christmas tree burn
Credit: F. Webber/NIST
Bundy (left) and research structural engineer Matthew Hoehler (right) look closely to see signs of fire in the watered tree. As expected, the fire set in the well-watered tree didn’t catch.
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.

Created March 16, 2018