Tree Care and Safety
A natural Christmas Tree can be a safe and wonderful part of your Christmas season if it is cared for properly. The following tree care and safety tips will ensure your Christmas tree will stay fresh and fragrant for the entire holiday season
Choosing Your Christmas Tree
Natural trees should be checked for freshness. You can do this by gently shaking a branch and noticing how many needles fall or by taking a needle and bending it. If it snaps cleanly it's fresh! just like lettuce.
Do not transport a natural tree on the roof of your vehicle, especially over a long distance. If a tree is baled, transport as is. Once the tree is home, store it in an unheated area or leave it outside away from the sun and wind.
Make a Fresh Cut
Cut at least 1 centimeter off the base of the stem. This will enable the tree to absorb water easier. The tree must be place in a stand that is sturdy and has a minimum water capacity of 4 litres.
The tree stand should be rinsed with a capful of bleach and some water before inserting the tree. This reduces the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree's ability to absorb water. Since an average tree consumes between 1 and 4 litres of water a day, it is important to water daily. Remember a litre a day keeps the vacuum away!
Place all trees, real or artificial, away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces or fireplace inserts, wood stoves, radiators and television sets. Do not block doorways or exits
Use only lighting sets that have CSA approved tags attached. Check wires, plugs and sockets on light strings every year. Discard rather than repair. Use a receptacle located away from the tree for unplugging convenience. Turn off your lights when no one is present. Do not use outdoor lights on your tree indoors. Remember mini lights produce minimum heat! If possible, use decorations that are flame retardant and avoid the use of extension cords.