Site Map Icon
RSS Feed icon
 
 
 
Action Center
IAFF Local Newswire
Join the Newswire!
Updated: Mar. 28 (05:10)
2020 Firefighter Ad
IAFF Local 1476
03.27.20
2020 Firefighter Ad
IAFF Local 1476
03.27.20
Trustee Election Results
IAFF Local 1403
03.27.20
Friday Update 3-27-20
IAFF Local 1014
03.27.20
IAFF CORONA virus guidance
IAFF Local 2180
03.27.20
Maplehurst Dr. Structure Fire
South Metro Firefighters IAFF LOCAL 2086
03.26.20
Site Search
Site Map
RSS Feeds
Action Center
Christmas Tree Fire Hazards
Posted On: Dec 11, 2007

Christmas Tree Fire Hazards

Water That Tree!

What's a holiday party or even the traditional Christmas morning scene itself without a beautifully decorated tree? If your household, as those of more than 33 million other American homes, includes a natural tree in its festivities, take to heart the sales person's suggestion—"Keep the tree watered." That's good advice and not just to create a fragrant indoor winter wonderland atmosphere. Christmas trees account for 200 fires annually, resulting in 6 deaths, 25 injuries and more than $6 million in property damage. Typically shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. Dry and neglected trees can be.

Help

Download

These clips are in the public domain.

The video clip above from the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology illustrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree. Within three seconds of ignition, the dry Scotch pine is completely ablaze. At five seconds, the fire extends up the tree and black smoke with searing gases streaks across the ceiling. Fresh air near the floor feeds the fire. The sofa, coffee table and the carpet ignite prior to any flame contact. Within 40 seconds "flashover" occurs - that's when an entire room erupts into flames, oxygen is depleted and dense, deadly toxic smoke engulfs the scene.

Wet trees tell a different story. For comparative purposes, the NIST fire safety engineers selected a green Scotch pine, had it cut in their presence, had an additional two inches cut from the trunk's bottom, and placed the tree in a stand with at least a 7.6 liter water capacity. The researchers maintained the Scotch pine's water on a daily basis. A single match could not ignite the tree. A second attempt in which an electric current ignited an entire matchbook failed to fire the tree. Finally they applied an open flame to the tree using a propane torch. The branches ignited briefly, but self-extinguished when the researchers removed the torch from the branches. As NIST fire safety engineers say: REMEMBER, A WET TREE IS A SAFE TREE!


Member Login
Username:

Password:


Not registered yet?
Click Here to sign-up

Forgot Your Login?
March 28, 2020
<< March 2020 >>
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Upcoming Events
EB Meeting
Apr 02, 2020
Union Hall
Union Meeting
Apr 08, 2020
Union Hall
EB Meeting
May 07, 2020
Union Hall
Union Meeting
May 13, 2020
Union Hall
Union Banquet
May 28, 2020
Skyland Pines Event Center 6pm Happy Hour 7pm Dinner
Important Links
Visit www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=80278191195!
Visit twitter.com/Canton_iaff249!
CP&F Credit Union
Visit www.iafflocals.com/!
Visit www.iaff.org/honor/roll.asp!
Visit www.firefighternearmiss.com!
 
 
Canton Professional Firefighters Association
Copyright © 2020, All Rights Reserved.
Powered By UnionActive™

251660 hits since Jun 18, 2007
Visit Unions-America.com!

Top of Page image