Water Your Christmas Tree, A Public Service Announcement

December 13, 2017

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This is a video posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrating why it's so important to keep your Christmas tree watered but igniting two seperate trees: one watered, one dry. They ignite the dry tree a full 30 seconds after the watered tree, and it burns up in a massive fireball immediately. The watered tree still seems relatively fine after a minute. Also, who the hell doesn't water their tree? It's literally the ONLY thing you have to do to take care of it. Please tell me you don't have any pets or children.

Keep going for this video, as well as another of the same experiment conducted by the National Institute Of Standards And Technology (NIST -- yay, Gaithersburg, MD).

Thanks to Hams Down, who agrees maybe some people should start considering Christmas rocks instead of trees.

  • Christmas tree looks so nice and there are more employers like to make this tree. I noticed that now there are more people enjoy this job.

  • steve holt

    i have feelings after watching this

  • Jenness

    But what will beach towns use to build up the sand dunes if not for everyone donating the old trees?

  • GeneralDisorder

    I've never heard of this and it sounds utterly ludicrous. Upon googling, It's not as dumb as it sounds.

  • Jenness

    But when I say it - it's ridiculous. http://replygif.net/i/1273.gif

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'm not saying it sounds any less ridiculous no matter who's saying it... I'm just saying it's not dumb. Even if it does sound like it.

  • Xockszky

    Yes. Pine trees are naturally very flammable, that's why forest fires in northern Canada get so out of control so quickly.
    Real trees are cool, but then when it's time to get rid of them, it's a big messy job. Then things like this can happen... especially if your lights are faulty.

  • The_Wretched

    As a general idea, plants, animals, pets and family members all do better when fed and watered regularly.

  • Ollie Williams

    Took me three cats to figure that out.

  • Bling Nye

    28th time's the charm!

  • MustacheHam

    Well, it's good to know that the tree can be recycled as successful tinder for outdoor fires...not for the chimney because of all that sap.

  • Meh

    But then again, what kind of species would we be if we didn't endanger our own and every other living creature's life.

  • Ollie Williams

    I'm honestly surprised people still buy real trees anymore.

  • The_Wretched

    It's fun to burn it up later in a bonfire.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Apparently, no need to wait till later.

  • Closet Nerd

    How else do you celebrate Saturnalia?

  • Bling Nye

    A large part of it is tradition, and the experience. We are fortunate enough to live in an area where we can go out and cut down our own tree (with a permit), so we get to tromp out into the woods, select our tree, and bring it home. There's hot cocoa (maybe some buttered rum, or peppermint schnapps for the adults), candy canes, etc.. The smell is another large factor, fresh pine is always amazing. I've had both real and fake over the years, and I get the preferences for each. Given the choice and option, I would select real if I could cut it down myself. Otherwise, the quality of the fake ones are getting pretty good, so I can see that as a good alternative, especially if it's implausible/impossible to cut down your own.

  • MustacheHam

    Supported by the traditions of folks who still want to decorate nearly-dead things.

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