Xmas tree: symbol of joy or blazing death torch?


#21

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/christmas-tree-fires

fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year.

For the record, the US has a population of about 319.4 million.

Here in Austria, we get about 500 each year. Austria’s population is about 8.5 million.

We still use real candles.
A Christmas tree with electric candles belongs in a shopping mall, not in a home. It just doesn’t feel right. And the risk of dying in a traffic accident is still higher.

I guess you can have my Christmas candles when you pry them out of my charred, dead fingers.


#22

growing up in Czechoslovakia in the 60s we put burning candles and sparklers on our Christmas trees.
(the sparklers only lasted a while, but we’d leave the candles on for hours).
There were probably a few fires here and there but I don’t recall that it was a major problem.
Though I don’t think they use candles now.


#23

Some nice graphs of heat release and radiant fluxes here:
http://www.fire.nist.gov/bfrlpubs/fire08/PDF/f08014.pdf

The total power peaks at around 6 megawatts, and the radiant flux inside the test compartment reaches 150-180 kW per square meter; enough for a tactical laser target ballpark, but over way larger total area.


#24

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