It’s getting close to Christmas and I see Christmas tree stands all over town. So I want to share a few safety tips on getting a tree and caring for it when it is in your home.
Choose a fresh-cut tree. Look for a tree with moist needles that stay on the branches.
Make a fresh cut on the trunk just before putting the tree in the stand to expose a sap-free porous surface for water to be drawn up into the trunk.
Place the tree in a large enough stand to prevent the tree from tipping over.
Keep space heaters more than three feet away from the tree and, of course, turn off and unplug any space heaters when you are away from the room.
Check the water level daily.
Take down and remove the tree when the tree begins to become dry, brittle, and the needles begin to shed profusely.
Use lights with wires that are flexible and are free from breaks and cracks.
Be careful when putting the top ornament on the tree that you don’t fall and/or tip the tree over. Put the top decorations on when the tree is leaning over while it is being put into the stand.
Don’t use lit candles as part of your tree decorations. (I don’t think any of us would do this in the 21st Century. We are more likely to put a lighted cell on it then candles).
Don’t use your old tree for fire wood as the tree sap can build up in the chimney and cause a chimney fire.
Have a good Holiday of peace and love