Ahhh, the Holiday season is in full swing and that means decorating, shopping, enjoying time with family and enjoying delicious meals, and of course, you must maintain your live Christmas Tree!
For those who enjoy live Christmas Trees, here are some tips to maintain and enjoy your live Christmas Tree while preventing fire hazards.
Live Christmas Trees typically dry out rather fast and become a fire hazard; most live trees will last roughly two weeks depending on when it was cut, so monitoring your tree is very crucial!
When shopping for a live tree, give it a shake, if excessive needles fall off the tree, it is most likely dry; be cautious though, tree vendors usually do not weed-out dry trees; it all about profit!
Before taking your tree into your home, cut about two to five centimeters off the trunk, this will allow the tree to consume water much easier.
Keep the tree watered, check it daily and keep it filled up; add a preservative to the water or use sugar. A preservative can be found at most outdoor garden centers.
Keep your tree away from heating vents, heaters and fireplaces; try to place the tree in a location where long extension cords are not needed.
Don’t forget the use of surge protectors and be sure not to overload the electrical outlets with cords.
Don’t run electrical cords under carpet and rugs, this is a serious fire hazard!
Lastly, please ensure all your smoke detectors are operational, many local fire departments may assist with this.
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