Addicted to Science – Holiday Fireball


“Do you have a real Christmas tree? You know, the one you went to the forest and cut down or maybe you went to your favorite Christmas tree park and picked the best Christmas tree ever. Either way, you know the importance of watering this Christmas tree, otherwise the pine needles will turn from green to brown which would be the fuel for the fire triangle. Then you have a warm Christmas light which is the heat of the fire triangle. You must have three, fire triangle, three sides. The other side is oxygen in the air we breathe. Fuel, oxygen, heat combine to create a flaming Christmas tree in your living room. We don’t want that to happen, so water it and make sure the dog doesn’t drink this water. Let me show you using lycopodium powder. This represents the dead pine needles. I have a flame from my igniter here which represents the warm Christmas light. I’ll spray this in the flame. WOW! It’s not that cool if it’s happening in your living room. Fireballs! Holiday fireballs. Don’t forget to water this Christmas tree! Discover safe experiences on hookedonscience.org. For Hooked on Science, I’m Jason Lindsey.

SCIENTIFIC SECURITY
PLEASE follow these safety precautions in any scientific experiment.
• ALWAYS have an adult present.
• ALWAYS wear the correct safety equipment during any experiment.
• NEVER eat or drink anything during an experiment.
• REMEMBER that experiments may require marbles, small balls, balloons, and other small parts. These items could become a CHOKING HAZARD. Adults should perform these experiments using these objects. Any child can choke or choke on uninflated or broken balloons. Keep uninflated or broken balls out of the reach of children.

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