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Shocking footage shows how Christmas tree fire can destroy a room in less than a minute

Published 15/12/2015

It takes just 46 seconds for a Christmas tree to destroy a room after catching fire, emergency services have warned in shocking footage.

The terrifying footage of the fire begins under a Christmas tree and quickly fills the room with flames and smoke.

The blaze takes hold of the living room in just 46 seconds.

The footage was shared by Dublin Fire Brigade.

They also shared images from a separate house fire where the remnants of the Christmas tree can be seen in the  middle of the room.

Dublin Fire Brigade warned: "Trees are a great tradition but they can be dangerous.

"These pictures are from a house fire in Dublin last week. Notice the tree in the second picture. Be safe, stay safe," they added.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service have urged people to watch out for obvious dangers this Christmas and have advised people not to overload plug sockets.

Christmas safety advice

1. Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard

2. Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings. Don't leave them burning unattended

3. Make sure your family and guests staying for the festive period know what to do in an emergency. Make a fire escape plan.

4. Decorations can burn easily - don't attach them to lights or heaters.

5. Never overload electrical sockets. Take special care with Christmas lights.

6. Celebrate Christmas and New Year safely. The risk of accidents, especially in the kitchen is greater after alcohol is consumed.

7. Most fires start in the kitchen - never leave a cooker unattended.

8. If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.

9. Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before going to bed.

10. Check the battery in your smoke alarm every week and use Christmas as a reminder to clean it and remove dust.

11. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

12. Take the time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours this Christmas - make sure they are fire safe.

For more safety advice over Christmas visit the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service website

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