Freshness, hydration keys to safe Christmas tree maintenance

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MONTROSE, Colo. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the most popular for digging the Christmas decorations out of the attic, but before people get started adorning the tree, there are some things to remember so the holiday doesn't go up in smoke.

"Care of the tree once it’s in the home is critical in maintaining that freshness," said Gary Riessen, founder of Christmas Trees at the Covered Bridge in Montrose.

Keeping the tree hydrated with water at the base, placing it somewhere away from heat sources and also using low-voltage LED lights will help the Christmas tree stay flame free, Riessen said.

"You don't want it right over a register, preferably not by a south facing window or by a fire place," he said. "That can tend to dry it out."

While picking out the tree, Riessen said it's important to remember that every species has different characteristics.

The concolor fir has soft needles and strong branches, making it a win with parents who have small children.

"Making sure that the branches are nice and sturdy," said Sarah Starbuck, who picked out a Christmas tree with her family Friday. "We have a lot of ornaments and some of them being expensive and made of glass, making sure that those aren't going to come down on the kids."

Christmas Trees at the Covered Bridge is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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