Don't let your holiday go up in flames

Freshness is the most important thing to consider when buying a live Christmas tree. Consider visiting a tree farm where you can pick out and harvest your own tree. If buying a previously cut tree, bend some needles to check for freshness. If the needles are brittle and break, the tree is too dry. Gently tap the end of the tree trunk on the ground; if many needles fall, the tree is too dry. Don’t depend on how green a tree is to judge its freshness; trees are sprayed to enhance their color. Cut the bottom of the tree at an angle about one inch above the original cut. Place the tree in a sturdy stand and securely anchor it. Place trees away from the fireplace, high traffic areas, furnace radiators, and other heat sources. Always allow exits to remain clear and accessible. Check and refill the water level daily keeping it full at all times.

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