Greenville Fire & Rescue: Keep Watering That Christmas Tree

With Christmas less than a week away many people have had their Christmas tree up for weeks and Greenville Fire and Rescue says there are some precautions you should take to ensure your Christmas doesn't go up in flames.

Greenville Fire and Rescue led a demonstration Friday afternoon to show just how flammable a Christmas tree can be if its not properly taken care of.

McKenzie Cox with Greenville Fire & Rescue says, "It can be very dangerous these trees, when they start drying out, they're full of sap and they will burn incredibly quickly and a lot of people don't realize that."

GFR showed us a tree they got on December fifth and has not been properly watered. It took just over 60 seconds from the time it caught fire to completely burn. Officials stress that something as small as a frayed wire on a string of lights can ignite a fire big enough to destroy a home.

Cox says, "What we really want people to do is even though they've had a Christmas tree up every year, go back, check your lights, make sure that there's nothing frayed on them, make sure they've been tested by a reputable company. Make sure your tree isn't near any heat sources. These may be things you do every year but if you keep those small steps in mind it can keep you from having a really terrible tragedy on Christmas which is the last thing anyone wants."

But above all, fire officials say that watering your tree, just like you would any other plant in your home, is the best way to avoid your tree catching fire.

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