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Christmas Is Also Home Tree Fire Season

Tis the season for home fires, especially those linked to your Christmas tree. Mary Eldridge, with Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, says if you prefer a real tree, the fresher the better. Give it a shake, to make sure that there aren’t a lot of needles falling off. Most trees can go six-to-eight hours, after cutting the trunk and still take up water…

click to listen to Mary Eldridge

That’s at least daily, unless there’s still water in the reservoir the tree is standing in. Also, don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty, which hurts water absorption…

click to listen to Mary Eldridge

As a general rule, Cal Fire says water reservoirs should provide one-quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Also, to minimize the tree as a fire hazard, make sure you don’t overload a socket or power strip with too many lighting plugs. Cal Fire says more than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.

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