Safety tips to help prevent Christmas tree fires this holiday season

Safety tips to help prevent Christmas tree fires this holiday season

After a few years, I decided real trees were too expensive and we should invest in an artificial tree. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

Though, during the summer, White tells us bugs do make their home in these same trees.

The rich scent of pine drifting in the fresh December air greets visitors to a local tree farm which for many families from the West Side and beyond has become a staple of the holidays.

Residents within the South Suburban District can drop off their tree seven days a week, sunrise to sunset, in Cornerstone's parking lot, adjacent to the soccer fields, or at the Willow Spring Service Center in the designated enclosure by the front gate.

Stew Leonard's six stores sell 70,000 trees over the course of the season so he is well-versed in tree tips.

This is the 13th year for Trees for Troops and they have achieved a milestone by reaching over 2 hundred thousand trees delivered.

Here on the coast, there are a number of native-grown trees available for purchase, including Fraser fir, Virginia pine, redcedar, Leyland cypress and others.

Virginia pine is often sold from "choose and cut" farms and has the good qualities of the pines such as fragrance, needle retention and suitability for ornaments.

Five people have died after they were electrocuted while decorating a large metal-framed Christmas tree in Guatemala. Redcedar has a nice fragrance, but its flexible limbs will not support many or heavy ornaments. If we're not redrawing flood zone maps, we're scratching our heads over weird weather circumstances like the massive wind and rain storm that toppled drought-weakened trees in late October, knocking out power to more than a million people.

Her latest tree was decorated for the Pathways Center in Greensboro - a family shelter operated by Greensboro Urban Ministry. However, the needles are tough and very pointy.

They also suggest checking decorative light labels to make sure they are intended for either outdoor or indoor use and that you are using the correct voltage.

Years ago, when I was ready to move out of the house, included among my things was a faded old copier paper box containing special ornaments from my childhood.

She also said it is important to keep ladders at least 10 feet away from power lines and decorating should be done during the day so that all lines are visible.

"The administration does not understand the importance of US agricultural exports and is putting billions of dollars of export sales at risk, unnecessarily", said Tim O'Connor, executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association.

"Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk. Check the water level daily and supply fresh water as needed. Research has indicated that water additives are not needed and may even result in excessive drying.

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