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Tips to Survive the Holidays
PROPER CARE OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
- Store tree in cool, sheltered place until ready to set up
- Cut about one inch (three centimeters) off the butt end to open the tree stem and allow water intake
- Place tree in a stand that will hold 2 to 3 litres of water and top it up daily. If water drops below the end of the trunk, the stem may reseal instself, requiring a fresh cut.
- Keep tree away from all sources of heat including radiators, furnace ducts, television sets, fireplaces and windows with direct exposure to the sun.
- Remove the tree within 10-14 days. After that amount of time in a heated building even the freshest tree will begin to dry out.
- Pick a tree with a strong green colour and noticeable fragrance.
--Christmas Tree Growers of Ontario
- Ensure all electric lights and connections are in good working order.
- Turn off lights when leaving your home and retiring for the night.
- Never use lighted candles on or near a Christmas tree.
- The best protection for a tree is moisture. Because of its' high moisture content, a fresh tree is naturally fire retardant and will remain so with a continuous supply of water.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home.
- Make sure your smoke alarms work.
- Review your "home fire escape plan" with everyone.