Choosing a Christmas Tree
- Buy your tree from a reputable dealer.
- Most cut trees were felled two months ago, so the tree's dying process has already begun.
- Look for a green, moist tree.
- Test for dryness:
- Grab hold of a bough and pull gently towards you. If a large number of needles pull off into your hand, find another tree.
- Hold the tree by the trunk near the top, then bounce the base of the tree on the ground. If a large number of needles fall off, find another tree.
- Once you've located your tree, ask the seller to cut 3/4" to 1 1/2" from the base of the tree. This allows for better water absorption, and the tree will stay moist longer.
- Make sure you have the means to haul your tree home. Don't allow the tree to obscure your vision, and make sure it is tied securely enough to your vehicle.
- Place your tree in a sturdy stand and leave it in the garage or basement for a few hours to gradually adjust to warmer indoors temperatures.
- Choose a location in your home away from heat vents, fireplaces, portable heaters, and fire escape paths.
- Decorate your tree with only UL rated lights and decorations.
- Use caution with extension cords. Don't overload electrical outlets and circuits.
- Water your tree at least once a day, and more often if needed.
- Check the tree daily for dryness. Consider removing the tree early if excessive dryness occurs.
- Dispose of your tree properly. Recycle if you can, but do not try to burn your tree or other holiday decorations in a fireplace or woodstove.
For more information on Christmas tree safety, contact the Fire Department at (617) 972-6512.