Christmas Tree Safety

Millie Davenport
Home & Garden Information Center

We all enjoy the pleasant fragrance and genuine beauty of a live Christmas tree. Choosing a tree along with the proper handling before and after bringing it indoors are important. Select a tree that has been cut for a short period of time. Grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull toward you. Very few needles will come off if the tree is fresh. If your tree has been cut for more than one hour, re-cut at least one inch from the trunk and place the tree in plain water immediately. Once the tree is inside, you can care for it by placing it in a stable container that will hold at least one gallon of water. Check the water level each day. A fresh tree may use more than a gallon of water a day. For tips that can help you get the maximum enjoyment from your live Christmas tree this year, see HGIC 1752, Christmas Tree Safety.

For further information on other holiday season topics see: HGIC 1750, Selecting a Christmas Tree; HGIC 1751, Living Christmas Trees; HGIC 1753, Holiday Decorating and EC696, Making Wreaths.

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