Having a real Christmas tree has its benefits like the smell, but it also comes with some risks. Christmas trees can be a fire hazard if not treated properly or placed in a safe area. The West Virginia Division of Forestry said to keep the base full of water at all times to prevent the tree from drying out.
Mat Bailey with the West Virginia Division of Forestry said to also make sure your tree does not get too hot.
“Just always be mindful of where you have your Christmas tree sitting,” Bailey said. “Try to keep it away from heat and don’t put it against something to where it creates friction and keeps it hot.”
He also said to check its lights for any heat coming from the wiring, which could lead to a possible short that can cause a fire.