Having a real Christmas tree safely in your home requires
knowing how to and doing a few precautionary steps. in caring for the Christmas
tree. Read below a few simple care instructions so your family can have a
safe and joyous holiday and truly enjoy your real Christmas tree.
Purchasing A Tree
Before you buy your tree, measure the height and width of the area in the
room where it will be placed. Most trees are trimmed to an 80 percent taper,
so your tree will be 80 percent as wide as it is tall.
The Needle Test. Bend several needles on the tree to see if they bend and
spring back. If the needle breaks or doesn't spring back into place, the tree
is not fresh.
The Bump Test. Lift the tree and then bump the bottom of the trunk onto
the ground several times. If a large number of green needles fall out, the
tree is deteriorating. Shaking may dislodge old needles that fell off
naturally and were caught in the foliage. Don't rely on this test alone.
Sappy Stem Test. If the stem appears moist and full of sap, the tree is
Keeping Your Tree Fresh
Add Water. Before setting up a tree, place it in a bucket of water
outdoors or in a cool place indoors. If the tree is stored outside, keep it
out of cold, drying winds and the sun.
Slice for Life. When the tree is brought in for decoration, make a fresh
cut across the stem butt at least an inch above the existing cut. The cut
should be smooth and clean for maximum water absorption.
Keep Checking Water. The reservoir of the tree stand should be filled
above the base of the stem. Trees sometimes use two quarts of water per day.
If the reservoir goes dry, it will inhibit the tree's ability to absorb more
water, even if the stand is refilled.
Keep It Clean
Vacuum any needles falling on carpets. Green needles can cause stains.
Apply commercial spot remover to any pitch stains. Use small amounts and
blot with a clean, white cloth. Do not use carbon tetrachloride, gasoline or
Keep trees away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, heater
vents or television sets. Use fireproof decorations and light reflectors.
Lights with brittle or cracked insulation should be replaced.
Before using them on the tree, plug in all light sets to detect burned-out
bulbs or short circuits.
Don't overload electrical circuits. A typical tree strand with 36 bulbs
adds 250 watts to the circuit. A 15 amp fuse is capable of handling 1,500
watts. If a fuse blows, it means the line is overloaded or it is attached to
Never leave home without turning the tree lights off.
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