Crispy Christmas trees: Staged fire shows risk for potential disaster

(WHDH) – Christmas trees help bring the spirit of the holidays into your home but hundreds of house fires are sparked each year due to unwatered trees.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NFPA) shared a dramatic video, showing a side-by-side comparison of two trees on fire, one which has been watered and one that is dry.

While the fire in the watered tree does not spread, the dry tree becomes fully engulfed in flames in under 10 seconds, causing major damage.

Over 200 house fires are caused by Christmas trees each year, leading to an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The NFPA says 40 percent of Christmas tree fires happen because of electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while 25 percent start because of a heat source that is placed too close to a tree.

Experts recommend watering your Christmas tree on a daily basis.

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