The question for most who put up a holiday tree is: Do we use an artificial or do we purchase a fresh tree?
Although many artificail trees are fire resistant. If you have one or are going to purchase one, look for a statement specifying this protection.
A fresh tree smells lovely, will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. To check for freshness, remember:
- A fresh tree is GREEN.Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches.
- When between your fingers, fresh needles do not break.
- The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin. Resin is clear, usually reddish, and very hard and glassy.
- When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the ground, a shower of falling needles shows that tree is too dry.
Be sure to place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry tree out rapidly, creating fire hazards.
Cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base ofa sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread feet. Keep the stand filled with water while the tree is indoors.