Locals weigh in on Christmas tree dangers

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – After a long weekend of shopping, Sunday could be a day of rest.

But for many it’s the day to pick up your Christmas tree.

The Anderson family is making their annual stop at the mile high tree farm, and they know exactly what they want.

“We are looking for the perfect Christmas tree,” said Brent Anderson.

“First you gotta look at the height so you don’t want one too big that you can’t fit in your house,” explained Anderson. “When we get our tree you kind of get on all sides so you don’t want a big bald spot.”

For others like Sabrina Shivers, this is the first year picking a live tree.

“I really don’t want to pull my other one out of the box and then I really like the smell of the pine,” said Shivers

After taking home the perfect pick, there are important things you must know to keep you and your family safe.

One of the owners of the Mill High Tree farm, Danny Sturgill Jr, knows all about tree safety and upkeep.

“A dry tree is a hazard if you’ve not kept water to it well,” he explained.

Sturgill said it’s just like any other flower you would get from a florist. “When you get ready to put it in water you need to cut a little bit off the bottom of it so it will be able to drink well.”

Sabrina thinks she’s got it. “I know you gotta water it, but no, I’m gonna keep it alive.”

Brent Anderson said that’s a no brainer. “We keep it watered that’s the key to it. You keep it watered and you’re good to go.”

But local firefighters like La Grange fire chief Wesley Sutton say err on the side of caution.

“Check the water in the tree in the tree if you use a live tree on a daily basis and make sure that your electrical outlets are secured and there aren’t and tethered cords or things of that nature that could cause a problem,” said Sutton.

Or opt for a safer option.

“Artificial trees are generally fire retardant; they usually come with pre-lit lights, usually LED. They are less likely to start a fire,” added fireman Michael Lancaster.

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