Dry Christmas trees more prone to start fires

December 8, 2010 5:01:49 PM PST
If you're planning to buy a Christmas tree, you'll probably want one that will last until the new year.

A tree that's too dry can lead to fire danger -- the last thing anyone wants. So when choosing a tree, make sure it's still fresh and moist.

"You're going to bounce it bounce it on the ground on the base and see if there's any needles that fall off at that time, which this one didn't so it indicates it's a pretty fresh tree," DJ Corcoran from the Knoxville Fire Department said.

Also, run your fingers down the branches to make sure the needles don't come off. Lastly, saw off a quarter inch of the base so it will absorb moisture when you water it at home.


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