Be it natural Scotch pine or glittery aluminum, a Christmas tree can be found in most homes during the holidays. No matter what you choose, however, some rules apply to ensure a safe and happy season.
The National Safety Council in Chicago recommends the following to avoid possible hazards in your home:
--Test a natural tree for freshness by striking the trunk against a hard surface to see if any needles drop off. A fresh tree is safer than one that has dried out and is shedding.
--When you get your tree home, saw off two or three inches of the trunk so it will draw water more easily.
--Keep the water container surrounding the tree trunk full at all times to avoid a dried-out tree.
--Keep the tree away from radiators, which can dry it out, or from a fireplace, which could ignite it.
--Check lights for loose sockets, broken or frayed wires, loose connections or damaged installations, which could start a fire. This check must be made every year.