How Quick Will A Christmas Tree Burn Without a Fire Sprinkler?
A Christmas tree is up in the homes of 85% of UK adults, which is appropriate given that it is a festive and joyous time of year. However, there are more fires during the holiday season. Christmas trees are actually one of the main causes of house fires during the festive period. If a fire were to break out in your home, a fire sprinkler system would allow you to put it out almost right away. They are so important because of this, especially around the holidays!
How Fast Can A Christmas Tree Burn?
A dry Christmas tree can burn down in less than 10 seconds, according to controlled tests conducted by fire researchers. This is faster than a newspaper catching fire! As well, after the Christmas tree catches fire, “flashover” happens roughly 70 seconds later. This is why it is important that you ensure your Christmas tree is hydrated, and not dry.
Why You Should Have A Fire Sprinkler Installed At Home
Along with more conventional measures like smoke alarms, having a fire sprinkler system installed will help to safeguard your property and the people who live there. Utilising both fire alarms and suppression systems significantly lowers the risk of fatal fires by 82%.
Additionally, the majority of fire sprinkler types require only an annual maintenance inspection to keep them functioning properly. The majority of installers also provide annual or biannual maintenance checks, during which they test the value to determine how the system is performing. Therefore, they are a very low-maintenance and life-saving investment.
How To Prevent A Christmas Tree From Catching On Fire
Keep the tree away from heat – According to the NFPA, you should make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, including fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents. Additionally, experts advise against ever using lit candles to adorn a tree.
Install a fire sprinkler – If a fire were to occur, a fire sprinkler is able to put it out within seconds. Saving lives and preventing fatal damage to your property.
Check the tree’s lights – Fairy lights can cause the tree to ignite, which is why it is crucial to check them before you decorate the tree. Keep an eye out for any frayed wired, broken bulbs or loose connections.
Turn off your tree’s lights – If you are not around, ensure that the lights are turned off. Turning them off will also benefit them if you may have left them on for too long that day.
Keep the tree watered – The key is constant moisture because a dried-out Christmas tree inside a house is a disaster waiting to happen.
RAD Fire Sprinkler Systems
Our home fire sprinkler systems are installed in compliance with all applicable laws, including BS9251, and according to industry standards. Since 2001, the experts at RAD Fire Sprinklers have been installing home fire sprinkler systems. We have developed all the skills necessary to ensure an impeccable installation. For more information, or to receive a quote, fill in our form here. Or, give us a call on 01892 680 090. Alternatively, follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with everything we do!