(with apologies to Blue Oyster Cult)
‘Tis the season for all things Christmas, including the annual hysterical reports of the dangers of real Christmas trees. Along with heartwarming reports of Thanksgiving feasts at the local homeless shelter and live remotes of frenzied Black Friday shoppers, footage of Christmas trees going up in flames seems to be a staple of every network affiliate in the country. In fact, in some cases the intrepid reporter will go to great lengths to insure that the Tannenbaum ignites the obligatory conflagration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9dNS5WPncU
What the talking head doesn’t want to tell you is that a fresh, well-maintained Christmas tree is very difficult to ignite. Numerous fire agencies and others have documented that a fresh tree that is kept watered will self-extinguish even if exposed to direct flame. And faulty wiring is even less likely to ignite a fresh tree. The story changes completely, however, if trees are allowed to dry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNjO3wZDVlA
Of course, dry trees drop needles as well. So the key to keeping your Christmas safe (and tidy) is to get a fresh tree and keep it watered. For many trees this means checking and re-filling the water daily, especially during the first week when the tree is brought in the home. It’s not a real Christmas without a real tree – make sure it’s a safe one as well.