Real Christmas trees are beautiful, but for those who choose natural trees this holiday season, it is important to know the risks that come with them. Christmas trees can be a fire hazard if not treated properly or placed in a safe area.
Chris Graham of the Beckley Fire Department said people should keep the base of the tree full of water at all times in order to prevent the tree from drying out. He also warned to be weary of the tree’s surroundings, especially anything that produces heat.
“A big cause of fires is, like people setting them too close to heaters and even like electrical outlets.” Graham said. “If the lights are damaged at all, please don’t use them. And they urge people to use the same caution with an artificial tree just like you would a real tree.”
People can also tell is a tree is too try by feeling the needles. If they break off easily, the tree is most likely too dry to use safely. Fresh trees will have bright green needles that don’t fall off easily.