The Wheeling Fire Department is teaming up with the Osiris Shriners of Wheeling to alert the public of the dangers of a live Christmas Tree.
You may not know this, but a live tree is the most dangerous source of fires during the holidays.
If a dehydrated tree catches on fire, it takes only 10 seconds for the entire tree to be up in flames.
Firefighters say don’t set your tree in front of any doorway or exit, keep your trees well watered in all times, and don’t use candles around trees.
“Trees when they dry out the needles will start to fall off, if you start seeing needles falling off, then it’s time to get rid of your tree,” said Assistant Chief Ed Geisel.
“The Shriners have burn centers but I hope that nobody around here has to take advantage of it because it’s terrible. Fortunately, the fire department is doing a lot of ground work and visiting all of the tree suppliers and you can come down here and get one of these little hints if you want to or any of the Christmas tree areas so we thank them for their participation and doing a lot of work with it,” said Barry Crow of the Osiris Shriners.
Officials with the fire department say never keep your tree up for more than four weeks.
You can get a safety ornament with reminders from the fire department or at many tree farms when you purchase your tree.