In an effort to raise awareness about fire safety during the holiday season, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is asking people to watch what can happen when a Christmas Tree is not properly maintained.
This dramatic video, filmed in 2016 in WPI’s state-of-the-art Fire Protection Engineering Lab, shows just how rapid and intense a dry tree can burn. Fire protection engineers constructed a mock living room setup, complete with furniture, rug, curtains, and a decorated Christmas tree. Cameras were rolling when the dry tree was exposed to a flame. Within 25 seconds, the branches were fully engulfed and within another 10 seconds, fire had spread to the ceiling and to nearby furnishings. The entire room was thick with fire and smoke, and flashover occurred within 63 seconds.