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Date: December 9, 2020
Agent: Donna Teasley

Hello, this is Donna Teasley, horticulture agent with the North Carolina Cooperative
Extension, Burke Center.

Christmas tree lots have sprung up all over town and at least every third car seems to have a tree tied to the top. Decorations are appearing in yards and on houses so I think it’s about time to talk about Christmas tree safety.

There are things that we can do to keep our cut trees fresh and safe throughout the holiday season. We are fortunate in this area to have such easy access to fraser fir trees because they hold their needles much better than other trees. But even fraser firs need to be treated properly to insure long lasting freshness.

Store your tree in an unheated sheltered area until ready to decorate. Keep it out of the sun. Make a fresh cut across the base of the trunk so the tree will be able to take up water. Use a tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water and check the water level often. Tree preservatives aren’t necessary. Set the tree up in a cool area, away from fireplaces and heat vents and check the lights for any exposed wiring or shorts before putting them on the tree.

Always remember to unplug your tree before going to bed or when leaving the house. Safety is really about doing the reasonable and responsible thing. A live Christmas tree can be both safe and enjoyable for everyone. Just use your head and enjoy the holiday season.

This is Donna Teasley with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. If you would like more information on this program you can give us a call at 764-9480.