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The dangers of Christmas trees on display in Grandville
The dangers of Christmas trees on display in Grandville

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  How you care for your Christmas tree could mean the difference between life and death.

Grandville Fire Marshal Lynnae White demonstrated why on Tuesday, Dec. 17.  The tree standing outside the box had been watered daily and was freshly cut; the tree in the cubicle was not watered and did not have a fresh cut to its bottom.  Firefighters placed wrapped boxes under both trees then lit the boxes with a flare.  White says the tree that was watered and taken care of burned, but once the fire went out on the boxes, the tree went out too.  White says the tree that was not watered kept burning even after the boxes were extinguished.

White has these tips for owners of living Christmas trees:

  • If you purchase a precut tree, cut 1”-2” off the base.
  • Water it daily.
  • Do not put candles nor or on a tree.
  • Do not connect more than three strands of lights together; make sure they are plugged directly into an electrical outlet, not an extension cord.
  • Do not place rugs or furniture over electrical cords.
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working and an escape plan is made and practiced.

White says the trees and materials used during the demonstration were donated by Lowe’s and Vormittag Tree Farm.

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