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Pick out a tree that you can cut yourself, or select one that is fresh. A fresh tree will have needles that generally do not come off in your hand when you gently pull on a branch. Brown interior needles will fall from the tree; this is normal.
Make a fresh cut across the base of the trunk - about ¼ inch is enough. When a tree is first cut, a seal of sap forms over the stump, to keep moisture inside. This seal also keeps moisture out of the tree, so it’s important to break that seal to allow the tree to “drink” in the water that will keep it fresh throughout the holidays.
Put your tree in a water-holding stand immediately. If you are not ready to decorate it, or even bring it inside, put it in a bucket of water right away – in the garage, if possible. Use lukewarm water for the first filling. Water temperature is not important afterwards. What else should go in with the water? Nothing! None of the products tested in university and industry studies provide any real benefit to the tree.
A Christmas tree may absorb a gallon of water in the first 24 hours that the tree is up, and several quarts of water each day after that. Do not let it run out of water (below the cut end of the trunk, not to the bottom of the stand) or a new seal will form.
Position your tree away from heat sources (fireplaces, television sets, computers, wood stoves, space heaters). These areas speed up the drying process.
Be sure that all light cords and connections are in good working condition and not frayed. Use an appropriate number of lights/appliances for each outlet. And don’t forget to unplug the lights when you go to bed or leave home!!
Real Christmas tree producers such as Trim Pines are very concerned with the subject of Holiday Safety. Why? Because there is a myth that many people believe, that says that Real Christmas Trees are a safety hazard. We want citizens to have the correct information. We want you to know that Real Christmas Trees are an environmental asset, not a fire safety problem – a Real Christmas Tree has NEVER started or caused a fire.
A few facts about Christmas Tree safety:
Therefore, this noble holiday symbol is far from being a residential safety problem. Make plans to get your real Christmas tree at Trim Pines Farm this year!
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