According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires are more frequent in the winter months, and Christmas tree fires are more likely to happen after Christmas rather than before.
But why is that? It's all because of water, or lack of water.
For those of you who have a real Christmas tree, when was the last time you watered it?
Christmas tree farmer Greg Tolbert insists that Christmas trees won't catch on fire if they're watered. "It's no more a fire hazard than this tree as it is now. For every molecule of water that is evaporated through the needle, you need to bring in from the bottom to replace it. They can humidify your house very well.
Deputy Fire Marshall Arthur Miller says it's a common misconception that Christmas trees are a fire hazard.
Although dry trees do have high burning potential, Miller says the fire won't start if the tree isn't dry. "The other side of that is, that fire has to start. If that fire is prevented by having a well hydrated tree to start off with and keeping that tree hydrated, those events never happen."
Fires caused by cooking, heating, and candles are more likely during the holiday season.
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