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Holiday Safety - The Christmas Tree
Release Date: December 06, 2012

If you're setting up a live tree for Christmas this year, remember these important safety tips:

  • When shopping for a Christmas tree, make sure it is fresh, not dry and losing its needles. It should not lose green needles when you tap it on the ground.
  • Trees cut early in the season run a greater risk of drying up before the holidays are over, making them more dangerous if left decorated with electrical lights.
  • It is important to keep your tree well hydrated to avoid post-holiday fire hazards. The stand should hold at least one gallon of water. A 6-foot tree will use approximately one (1) gallon of water every two days. Don't forget to check the water level every day. Avoid placing your tree near any heat source, such as a fire place.
  • We recommend that a tree be removed from the home in the event that it becomes dry and begins shedding needles. JUST DON'T CHANCE IT!
  • Dispose of all paper products and boxes at once after opening presents. Do not allow them to accumulate under the tree. Consider removing the tree as soon as possible after Christmas
  • Never burn a tree in a fireplace. Dry Christmas trees burn very hot and quickly. The fire may rapidly leave the fireplace and move into your home. Also, a Christmas tree is very oily and may damage your fireplace.

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