Some useful tips from the National Safety Council and RICTGA ...
- Select the freshest-looking Real Tree available. To test for freshness, gently grasp a branch
between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. Very few needles should come off in your hand. Shake or bounce the tree on its stump. You should not see an excessive
amount of green needles fall to the ground. Some loss of interior brown needles is normal.
- If not setting up right away, store the tree in water, if possible, and out of the sun and wind.
- Make a fresh cut off the bottom of the trunk one half inch from the bottom just before
putting in a sturdy stand. Keep the tree's stand full of water at all times, checking the water level daily.
- The stand you use should hold at least one quart of water for every inch diameter of the trunk after the tree is in the stand.
- Make sure the stand is kept full of water and does not dry out.
- Don't add anything to the tree's water. Research has shown that plain tap water is by far
the best. Some commercial additives and home concoctions can actually be detrimental to a tree's moisture retention and increase needle loss.
- Place the Christmas Tree well away from heat registers, space heaters, fire places, wood
stoves, televisions, computer monitors and other heat sources. These will speed up evaporation and moisture loss of the tree.
- Only use indoor lights on your tree. Check lights to see that the cords and connections are
in good working order. Be careful not to use more than three light sets per extension cord.
- Unplug lights when going to bed or when leaving home.
- See more Holiday Safety Tips at American Red Cross of Rhode Island.