Each year over 30 million Christmas trees will be sold in the U.S. Mother Nature’s kind. The real, beautiful, ever-green, ever-aromatic centerpiece of our holiday season. They will dress up our houses and maybe most important, will be the landing point for all manner of goodies when Santa pays his annual visit — assuming, of course, we were good this year.
Which is why it is vitally important to take good care of your tree, because a tree that goes unloved and uncared for can be deadly. We don’t want to throw water on the celebration, but facts are facts. Actually, maybe we do want to throw water on the celebration, or at least at the tree.
Simply keeping your tree properly watered significantly decreases the chances of a catastrophic fire in your home. Not convinced? Take a few seconds to watch this eye-opening video courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association. Wow.
While you’re at it, try to spend a few more minutes looking through these excellent basic tips for proper tree care brought to you by Purdue University.
If you don’t have a few minutes the easy-to-follow instructions below could mean the difference between a joyous holiday season and a really, really bad one.
- Find a tree with pliable needles that stay on the branches.
- Cut 1/2 inch from the end of the trunk, and use a tree stand that can hold plenty of cool water.
- Water often. Be sure to keep the water level above the tree base, otherwise the end of the tree will seal, preventing additional water from entering the tree.
- Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source and don’t let it block any exits.
- And it goes without saying that candles should never be used on or near the tree.
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Be safe and enjoy your tree!