Christmas Fire Safety (Final)


The NIST provides so much valuable information and detailed research. To start December we have looked at Christmas tree fire safety. During our first post, we looked at the potential dangers of a live tree and how electrical safety limits the heat/ignition source needed to start a fire. Our second post focused on limiting the growth of a Christmas tree fire by purchasing fresh trees and keeping them well watered.

These two days reinforce the simple model of understanding fire – the “fire triangle”. When explaining the life of fire (ignition, growth, and extinguishing), many time the “fire triangle” model is used. It focuses on the three ingredients needed for fire – heat source, oxygen, and fuel. Smokey the Bear explains it this way, “The interaction of the three equal sides of the fire triangle: heat, fuel and oxygen, are required for the creation and maintenance of any fire. When there is not enough heat generated to sustain the process, when the fuel is exhausted, removed, or isolated, or when oxygen supply is limited, then a side of the triangle is broken and the fire is suppressed.”

When thinking of Christmas tree fire safety (and fire safety in general), remember the fire triangle. By limiting the heat source and dry fuel associated with your Christmas tree, you can go a long way in protecting yourself from Holiday disaster. Be sure to check out NIST’s compilation page of all their video’s related to Holiday fires.

As always, have a great Holiday season and be safe!

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