Fake Santa beards pose fire hazard

Posted On December 28, 2006

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“Ho ho ho!” may become “ouch ouch ouch!” for Santa Claus impersonators seeking to wing it with a fake beard.

Sweden’s national testing institute has tested six models of beard on sale in the Scandinavian country and found that two of them turned into a raging inferno when coming into contact with a naked flame.

“We placed the beards on a peg in a laboratory. We placed a small flame underneath for two seconds to simulate a situation where Father Christmas gets too near to a candle or match,” fire expert Per Thureson said in a statement.

One of the firms selling one of the dangerous beards has called on customers to return their furry appendages. Another has told worried Santas they can return them if they wished.

“Taken into account that numerous Father Christmases are not completely sober at Christmas, there is a risk they may hurt themselves,” the statement said.