Each year about 200 families in America will experience Christmas tree fires, proving to their children that Santa Claus does not love them.
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According to the National Fire Protection Association, the culprits are usually faulty or overloaded lighting and/or placing the tree too close to a heat source. But by simply watering your tree daily, you can vastly reduce the chances that your tree will completely go up in smoke. A watered tree will still burn, but may give you time to do something about it; on the other hand when a dry tree catches ablaze, it really catches ablaze. Here's the difference:
Pretty freaking dramatic, and that dry tree fire would've been even worse if they'd followed my family's tradition of giving each other wrapped boxes of oily rags as presents.
Anyways I was going over the NFPA stats on Christmas tree fires and found this bizarre statistic, buried down at the bottom of the page:
One quarter (24%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
Every year 50 families intentionally torch their own trees? How unhappy with your gift do you have to be to express that level of displeasure?