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Tree Burning Demonstration at Nassau County Fire Academy

Live demonstration of residential fire of Christmas trees to emphasize the importance of vigilant hydrating of all natural Christmas trees.

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Nassau firefighters extinguish a mock living room blaze ignited by a dry Christmas tree as part of a demonstration on holiday fire safety in 2015.

Photo by: Chris Boyle.

Old Bethpage, NY - November 30, 2016 - Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center will join with other Nassau County volunteer firefighters to conduct a live residential fire of Christmas trees to emphasize the importance of vigilant hydrating of all natural Christmas trees.

The event educates the public at the start of a holiday season that can be fraught with home fires due to under-watered Christmas trees, whether on display in a house or apartment, or later, when discarded or moved to a spot outside the residence. The demonstration will show the unimaginable rapidity of a dry tree fire and emphasize to the public the urgent need to adequately hydrate their trees and to properly dispose of them.

Photo Credit: Chris Boyle.

The event will take place at the Nassau County V.E.E.B. Fire Service Academy, in their “burn buildings”  - private dwelling structures that are realistic house facsimiles used to help train firefighters in the most common type of fire on Long Island: residential.

Who: Nassau County Firefighters Museum’s Chief Fire Safety Instructor, John V. Murray, Volunteer Firefighters, Dignitaries

What: Christmas Tree firefighting demonstration & holiday fire prevention tips

When: Monday, December 5th, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Nassau County V.E.E.B Fire Service Academy, Winding Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804

Why: Public safety education on preventing Christmas tree fires, holiday hazards