VIDEO: Puget Sound Skills Center demos flammability of a Christmas tree


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On Friday, Dec. 14, Burien’s Puget Sound Skills Center hosted its annual Christmas tree burn demonstration for students and media.

“The purpose is to show how quickly a tree can burn if not cared for properly,” Puget Sound Fire said. “The tree in the demo was purchased just three days ago.”

Tips for not having this happen to you:

  • Buy only a freshly cut tree
  • Shake tree to see if too many needles fall off (bad sign)
  • Recut bottom of trunk to allow better water absorption
  • Water tree daily, keeping base of tree submerged
  • Keep tree away from all heat sources
  • Never use burning candles on or near tree
  • Keep pets and kids away from trees
  • Dispose of tree properly by recycling

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