Christmas and the holidays are around the corner! Here are 4 safety tips to ensure the health of your Christmas tree and the safety of your loved ones!
#1 MAKE A FRESH CUT
Before you bring the tree into your home and place it in a stand, re-cut the trunk at least one inch from the bottom just before putting it in the stand. Even if you just cut it on a choose and cut farm, this re-opens the tree stem so it can drink water.
#2 PLACE TREE AWAY FROM HEAT
Heat sources like heat registers, space heaters, fireplaces, wood stove, televisions, computer monitors, etc. speed up evaporation and moisture loss of the tree.
#3 WATER YOUR TREE IMMEDIATELY
After making the fresh cut, place the tree in a large capacity stand with warm water. The stand you use should hold at least one gallon of fresh water.
#4 CHECK YOUR WATER LEVELS DAILY
Do not allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut or the stem will reseal and be unable to drink. Christmas trees are very thirsty! It is not unusual for a tree to drink 2 gallons of water the first day it is the stand.