How to buy a safe Christmas Tree

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Any firefighter will tell you, bringing a dead tree into your living room and wrapping it in electrical wires is going to increase your chances of a fire. But there are some steps you can take to reduce the chance of your Christmas going down in a blaze of glory.

Be sure to bend the branches on your prospective tree...if the needles break instead of bend, it's too dry and time to find another tree.

"You can also take the tree and kind of bump it on the ground and make sure that when you do that very few needles fall off the tree. Also look at the bottom of the tree and look and see if there is any sap or resin coming out of the bottom of the tree. It there isn't then ask the seller to just trim that off so that the tree will be ready to drink," says Matthew Lutz, a Boise firefighter.

Real trees should only be up a maximum of three weeks to ensure that they don't dry out, so you are safer waiting a few weeks before decking the halls.

"A very well hydrated fresh tree is probably the very absolute safest, but any of them, fake or real, will burn if given the opportunity," says Lutz.

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