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Do You Have Any Tips or Tricks for Caring for Your Tree?

Posted by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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7 Christmas Tree Safety Tips to Help Avoid Holiday Home Disasters

Posted by Mary Fischer

Christmas treeThere's really nothing more beautiful than sitting on your couch on a chilly winter evening sipping a warm cup of tea and admiring your beautifully lit Christmas tree.

I mean, you worked so hard to get the thing into the stand, made sure each and every single strand of lights worked properly, and took the time to adorn it with ornaments -- so it's only natural to spend a good bit of time staring at it during the holiday season.

But it's important to remember that while they're pleasing to the eye and fun for the whole family, Christmas trees are, in fact, trees -- so there are certain steps you need to take to keep them fresh, and also make sure you aren't creating any safety hazards by having them on display in your home.

Radio Disney and Underwriters Laboratories collaborated and came up with some great advice on how to safely keep your tree in the house this year. Here are some of their best tips, plus a couple more that might help keep your tree fresh a little bit longer.

  1. Water daily -- This should be a no-brainer, but make sure to check the tree's water supply daily and always replenish it when it starts getting low. (They're thirsty little suckers.)
  2. Extinguish any candles that may be lit on or around the tree.
  3. Make sure all lights bear the UL mark of safety before stringing them around your tree.
  4. Always unplug lights when you are sleeping or away from home. (Or put them on a timer so they don't stay on 24 hours a day.)
  5. Saw off the base of the tree before putting it in the stand so it will better absorb water.
  6. Add an aspirin tablet or a few pinches of sugar to the water -- it's an old wives' tale, but some say this helps the tree last longer.
  7. Always keep trees away from baseboards and heaters; otherwise they'll dry up. (That's happened to us on more than one occasion.)

Do you have any tricks for caring for your tree?

by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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nana9106
by Darlene on Dec. 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM
I have an artificial. My kids were/are allergic to pine. So mine is pretty easy.
I don't have any helpful hints for live trees
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Shellness
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

To keep your tree alive ALL you really have to do is give it a fresh cut and water it every single day!

kuntrylady56
by Gold Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

When I was a kid we always had a live tree my Dad would go cut down from in the woods. I remember him putting some small rocks in a bottom of a large bucket then adding sand and then setting the Christmas tree down in this and feeling the rest of the bucket with sand and soaking this with water. Granted this was very heavy and once you put it somewhere,thats where it stayed.lol But our trees always stayed nice and green with no needles falling off for a long time. And I'm sure more water was added if needed.  And the times I've had live trees I've did the same,even if using a tree stand I'd add some sand and rock before the water.

And make sure you keep it away from heat vents or near fireplaces,preferablly in a cool room,so it dosen't dry out and become a fire hazard.christmas tree

Bmat
by Barb on Dec. 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I found that a purchased tree refresher that is mixed with the water for the tree is helpful.

louannwilkins
by Louann on Dec. 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

 I don't really have any tips.  We use an artificial tree so I haven't really had to deal with that in a long time.

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by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Lots of water daily :)

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