Safety Tips to Make Sure Your Christmas Tree Doesn’t Become a Fire Hazard
When it comes to Christmas trees for some bigger is better.
“It was really fun. We just tried to pick out the tallest one we could find,” says twelve year old Jayden Wilderman.
The Webb family has been buying Christmas trees from Bowen’s Tree Farm for about fifteen years
“It’s just kind of a tradition we always do. Mrs. Bowen’s been our teacher since elementary school so we like to come here and get a big tree from there,” says Pittsburg teen Jake Webb.
This season was good for growing. After a drought two years ago stunted growth this year’s crop grew about fifteen inches, but still not quite tall enough yet for the Webbs.
“They bring in a shipment for us because we get the trees so big and they just can’t grow ’em out here anymore that tall,” says younger sister Megan Webb.
Before you go shopping, make sure you measure your space because in some cases the trees look a lot shorter when they’re outside with others, than when you bring them back home.
On your tree hunt, make sure you check to see if the tree is already drying out by running your hand across the branches. If a lot of needles drop off, it’s already dry. Fresh cut trees are more of a fire hazard so it’s important to re-cut when you get home.
“We suggest that you cut a half inch to an inch off of the butt of the tree because it will seal from here from the time you get it home,” says farm owner Jim Bowen.
And hydration is key,
“We suggest that you just have hot water out of your tap in a tree stand and a stand that will hold a lot of water,” says Bowen.
Over the first few days trees will suck up about one and a half to two gallons, before dropping down to one gallon a day.
And the Webb’s will need to keep an eye on it with their new 13 ½ foot giant.
In Pittsburg, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News.
Extra Tip: Make sure Christmas trees are far away from heating vents and fireplaces.
Also check your Christmas lights to make sure none are broken and don’t overload extension cords
All to prevent fires.