AN advert has warned that a dry Christmas tree can catch fire faster than a newspaper.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission released a video as a warning after an estimated 200 fires a year due to Christmas trees catching fire.
In the video, the tree can be seen catching fire and is fully ablaze within 10 seconds.
The video says: "From 2010 to 2012 there were an estimated annual average of 200 fires where the Christmas tree was the first item ignited, resulting in 10 deaths, 20 injuries, and $17million in property loss."
The advert warns people to make sure their tree is well watered and kept well away from candles in a bid to stop any tragic accidents.