Safety tips to help prevent Christmas tree fires this holiday season

This is a fancy one but you get the idea

This is a fancy one but you get the

Several years ago, I bought a cute little 3-foot artificial tree that could house all of these ornaments from my childhood and filled in the empty spots with pretty teal ornaments and ribbon to make it look full and more festive.

The Wall Street Journal notes that between 2002 and 2012, the total acreage dedicated to Christmas tree production declined by 30 percent.

Stew Leonard's six stores sell 70,000 trees over the course of the season so he is well-versed in tree tips.

Germans are credited with bringing the first Christmas trees into their homes and decorating them in the spirit of Christmas. "And the best one that I showed her was the first tree".

Fraser fir has all the qualities of an excellent Christmas tree, such as fragrance, good needle retention and freshness. Scotch pine does not have a remarkable scent, but it does have soft needles with good needle retention. For many in the Ozarks, Christmas would not be Christmas without a cedar tree adorned with ornaments.

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"We couldn't believe it - we sell the occasional pink tree each Christmas, but could never have predicted a complete sell out of such an unusual item, especially by the second week of November!" It has a lighter green color than redcedar and has soft flexible limbs. It also has a very attractive shape.

Last year, I got some homemade Minion ornaments at one of the local Christmas events for the fun of it. "Like we'll go to the arboretum and pick up the pine cones, and they smell gorgeous". Discarded natural trees can also be used as bird feeders, wood products can be made from their stems, or they can be used as wildlife cover in fish ponds and woodlots.

Volunteer firefighters in the town confirmed the deaths of the four men and one women, who were all aged between 17 and 24.

"The administration does not understand the importance of US agricultural exports and is putting billions of dollars of export sales at risk, unnecessarily", said Tim O'Connor, executive director of the National Christmas Tree Association. Don't allow the water level to drop below the bottom of the tree, as a seal will form on the bottom and the tree will stop absorbing water (you'll have to make a new cut). Be sure to add water daily.

Keep it in a protected area, away from the wind and sun, to help the tree retain its moisture (an unheated garage is ideal, particularly to keep the tree free of snow). I will say that these, while cuter, are not as strong as the Scentsicles sticks, but if you're just looking for a light pine fragrance or you have a smaller tree these will work for you. Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords to not get damaged. Trees do not cause fires but will support combustion when dry.

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