10 Easy Tips to Care for Your Christmas Tree

About 40 percent of Christmas tree fires involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction between 2000 – 2004, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

With Thanksgiving a few days behind us, many families are turning their attention toward buying a Christmas tree.

The National Christmas Tree Association wants customers to keep a few safety tips in mind when they purchase their tree. Consumers also need to know how to care for it once it's in their home.

  • Select a tree in good condition.
  • Make a fresh cut on the trunk and place in water within 6-8 hours.
  • If necessary to store temporarily, store in water in a cool location.
  • Display indoors in a stand adequate to hold the tree securely and provide an adequate water capacity – at least one quart for each inch of stem diameter.
  • Check the water level daily and replenish as needed to maintain the water level above the bottom of the tree trunk.
  • Display tree away from heat sources that may cause tree to dry.
  • Use only listed lights that produce low heat.
  • Inspect lights before using and replace if wiring is worn or frayed.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits.
  • Monitor tree for freshness. If it becomes dry, remove it from home immediately and dispose of properly.
Jenni Pompi November 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
These are good tips! Anyone else have any proven methods of take care of live Christmas trees, or do you go the artificial route?


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