We obsess over proper watering, fire hazards, and pet safety — but do we ever really think about what our real Christmas trees might be adding to our home other than holiday cheer? READ MORE »
You've got your hands on a lush, healthy Christmas tree and it stands proudly in your living room. Once it's dressed in tinsel and lights, that's where the work ends, right? No, not at all. You'll want to keep that bad boy nice and wet, lest you wake up to a yuletide inferno. More »
Fire rescue crews also recommend making sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
While some opt for the convenience of a pre-lit faux tree, others revel in the delight of a fresh pine, fir or spruce. Amid all the holiday cheer, however, it's important to understand the fire risk posed by these festive evergreens and the decor surrounding them...
This is a video posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrating why it's so important to keep your Christmas tree watered but igniting two seperate trees: one watered, one dry. They ignite the dry tree a full 30 seconds after the watered tree, and it burns up in a massive fireball immediately. Show More Summary
A new PSA is seeking to scare people into making sure their Christmas tree gets plenty of water this holiday season. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).
“Safety should be part of all your decorating efforts."
The last thing you want to do is ruin Christmas... and your entire house. You probably don't want that either. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted a video Dec. 5 of the difference between a dry and watered tree. The outcome...Show More Summary
A video from the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrates what could happen if a fire starts in a watered Christmas tree vs. a...
We’ve always heard that it’s important to keep your Christmas tree watered, as it’s a safety risk. If you had any doubt why, just watch this brief video from the NIST to see exactly why watering could save your life. A watered tree also drops fewer needles for you to step on.
An unwatered tree is basically one big pile of kindling.
When it comes to keeping your Christmas tree looking great all holiday season, the subject of additives in the water is a little bit controversial. While some people swear by the power of lemon juice, aspirin, and vodka for keeping their trees looking healthy and full of needles, others aren't quite as convinced. Show More Summary
If you haven’t watered your Christmas tree since you forgot about it on the 26th, now is the time to get it out of your house. Unwatered Christmas trees are a huge fire hazard, as this video from the National Fire Protection Association clearly shows. Read more...
An artificial Christmas tree may just be the best gift you can give yourself this year. Ordering a faux tree is easier than strapping the fresh-cut version to your car, and fake trees require none of the watering, fireproofing and sweeping of pine needles that so often compound holiday stress. Show More Summary
In the weeks leading up to Dec. 25, you were probably pretty good about keeping your Christmas tree watered, hoping to maintain the lush greenness you paid for. But now that you’re in that post-Yule, pre-New Year’s limbo and just haven’t gotten around to ditching the tree on your neighbor’s curb, you might have forgotten to add water to that …
Do your holiday decorating for less - Wise Bread 6 clever items to simplify your life - Real Simple You're not using paper towels correctly - PureWow PSA: keep pets away from Christmas tree water - Lifehacker On co-workers and holiday...Show More Summary
If your pets tend to drink from places other than their water bowl, then you need to do a little extra work when setting up your Christmas tree. Chemicals from the fertilizers used on the tree can transfer to the water in the stand, and you don’t want your pets drinking that. Read more...
Nothing says Christmas like a crossbow-wielding hero who hates soap and water, making the Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Keepsake Ornament the perfect decoration for your tree. Santa and his elves need protecting during the zombie apocalypse, and even Frosty the snowman isn’t sure about what might happen if a walker takes a chomp out of […]
For the seasoned holiday celebrator, there are many vital Christmas lessons that will eventually be learned over the years. Like not to wait until Christmas Eve to do your shopping, remember to keep the tree watered and if you have a cat, put the shiniest and most delicate ornaments out of paw’s reach, if possible. Show More Summary
The holidays are here, and in this week's podcast we talk about how to connect your tree, build a water sensor and stop people like me from unwrapping their gifts early and in secret.