A dry Christmas tree can burn very quickly. A tree in flames can quickly fill a room with smoke and deadly gases. If you plan to buy a fresh tree, make sure you're purchasing the freshest tree possible. The trunk should feel slightly sticky to the touch, and the needles should be green and not fall off when touched. Following are some other tips:
- Cut an inch or two off of the base of the trunk before setting it up.
- Be sure the tree is at least three feet from any heat source.
- Place the tree in a stand that holds an adequate amount of water and add water every day.
- Replace any light strings with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
- Never use lighted candles on or near the tree.
- Turn off tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
- Dispose of the tree as soon as it begins dropping needles.
To view a video demonstrating the flammability of a dry tree versus a well-watered tree, please visit www.nfpa.org.