AMHERST — It’s an annual tradition for many families — decorating a tree to mark the holiday season but where you put the tree inside your home could be a major safety factor.
Michael Pomroy owns Christmas Tree Ranch in Amherst. He said putting your tree in the wrong spot in your house can cause some problems.
“You can place your tree in many different places, of course, a window or near windows or in a corner but certainly away from a heat source as much as you can because that will enhance drying and cause a fire,” he said.
Pomroy said if you have pets it’s always good to be on guard and make sure your pets don’t drink the water.
He said the water will be, “full of needles and debris and stuff like that and it wouldn’t be a good healthy beverage for the dog.”
He says to keep your tree healthy, water it as much as you can, and purchase a real one if you can. He added buying an artificial tree will cause a greater risk for a fire because of the synthetic materials its made with.
“The initial first week let’s say is when the tree is really going to want to absorb water, and that keeps your tree fresher and safer longer,” he said.
Pomroy added that if you do purchase a fresh tree it’s always a good idea to cut the bottom of the tree which will allow the tree to absorb more water. He said by doing this your tree will last longer.