Hooked On Science – Holiday Fireball

“Do you have a real Christmas tree? You know, the one you went to the forest and chopped down or maybe you went to your favorite Christmas tree lot and picked out the best Christmas tree ever. Either way it goes you know the importance behind watering that Christmas tree if not the pine needles go from green to brown that would be the fuel for the fire triangle. Then you have a hot Christmas light that’s the heat for the fire triangle. You gotta have three, fire triangle, three sides. The other side oxygen in the air we breathe. Fuel, oxygen, heat combine to create a fiery Christmas tree in your living room. We don’t want that to happen so water it and make sure the dog’s not drinking that water. Let me show you by using lycopodium powder. This represents the dead pine needles. I have a flame from my igniter over here that represents the hot Christmas light. I’m going to spray this into the flame. WOW! That’s not so cool if it’s happening in your living room. Fire balls! Holiday fireballs. Don’t forget to water that Christmas tree! Discover safe experiments at hookedonscience.org. For Hooked on Science, I’m Jason Lindsey.”

PLEASE follow these safety precautions when doing any science experiment.
• ALWAYS have an adult present.
• ALWAYS wear the correct safety gear while doing any experiment.
• NEVER eat or drink anything while doing any experiment.
• REMEMBER experiments may require marbles, small balls, balloons, and other small parts. Those objects could become a CHOKING HAZARD. Adults are to perform those experiments using these objects. Any child can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Keep uninflated or broken balloons away from children.

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