Health Tip: Choosing a Safe Christmas Tree12/12/12
(HealthDay News) -- Before you install and decorate your holiday
tree, make sure it's safe for you and your family.
The American Academy of Pediatrics mentions these guidelines for
choosing a Christmas tree:
- Look for a fire-resistant label on any artificial tree.
- Make sure any live tree is fresh, with needles that bend
between your fingers and do not easily fall off the tree. The trunk
should also be sticky with sap.
- Place your tree away from a fireplace, portable heater or
radiator, and make sure it does not block a doorway.
- To keep your live tree from getting too dry, chop off a few
inches from the base of the trunk.
- Keep the tree stand filled with water.
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