Keep it safe
The Division of Forestry offers the following tips to keep a real Christmas tree from becoming a fire hazard:
1. Cut at least one inch off the main stem, place the tree in a clean pail of warm water and put it in a cool, shaded area where it is protected from wind and sun.
2. When ready to bring the tree into your home, make another cut of at least one inch off the main stem and place the tree into a water-filled stand as quickly as possible. A bucket of sand and water may also be used in place of a stand. It is important to maintain a suitable water level at all times.
3. Dispose of your tree properly as soon as the holiday season is over. Never attempt to burn a live Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove. This can be very dangerous.