(HealthDay News) -- Christmas trees are involved in a few hundred fires annually, says the Texas Department of Insurance. The longer a tree stays up after the holidays, the greater a fire hazard it becomes.
To take down the Christmas tree safely, the department suggests:
- Discard a tree within one month after purchase.
- Dispose of needles quickly as the tree drops them.
- Do not leave the tree in the house or store it in the garage.
- Take the tree to a tree recycling center, if possible.
- Never burn a Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.