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|Amica offers tips for finding and caring for Christmas trees|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Laura Meade Kirk|
|Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:22|
LINCOLN, RI, Dec. 7, 2011 – Christmas trees come in all sizes, shapes and colors. But if you’re looking for a real Christmas tree, it’s important to know how to choose and care for it.
“Nothing beats the look, smell and feel of a real Christmas tree,” said Lisa Melton, an assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “But they require extra care and attention if you want them to last safely through the holidays.”
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that Christmas trees account for about 250 fires a year, resulting in 14 deaths, 26 injuries and nearly $14 million in property damage.
“That’s why it’s important to take extra care with real trees, whether you select your own at a local tree farm or buy pre-cut Christmas trees from a holiday lot or retail store,” Melton said.
Some of the most popular Christmas trees include fir, spruce, cypress and pine, with different varieties of each grown around the world, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
Diane Duquette, whose family owns Duquette Tree Farm in Chepachet, RI, said the single most important factor when it comes to selecting a Christmas tree is to make sure the tree is fresh. Run your hand along the branch, she suggested. If it’s a fresh tree, the green needles should not come off when they’re touched.
When you take a tree home, whether it’s fresh cut or has been standing outside in a lot, store it outside in a bucket of water, sheltered from the sun and wind, until you’re ready to bring it into the house, Duquette said. Before bringing it inside, cut about an inch off the end of the trunk. This fresh cut will allow the tree to absorb water more easily. Make sure you check the water supply frequently – at least once a day. If the stand runs out of water, the trunk can seal and will need to be cut again.
When you’re ready to decorate your tree, here are a few reminders:
With proper care, Duquette said, a real Christmas tree should last at least a month indoors – giving families plenty of time to enjoy it through the holidays.
“The right tree can be the perfect centerpiece for your holiday decorations,” Melton said. “But make sure you take care of it, to keep you and your family safe this Christmas.”
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