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Fire officials also say it's best to have a plan of action should your tree catch fire. So what are some ways to make sure something like this doesn't happen to your family?

We spoke with the General Manager at Teske's Pet and Garden. He says when you first get your tree, cut two inches off the bottom before putting it in your stand.
     
You can buy a preservative liquid like Prolong to give your tree when you initially put it up and give your tree the hottest water your pipes will provide.

"Never ever let it run out of water and do not use sugar," said George Bingham, GM of Teske Pet and Garden. "Sugar will clog the pores. The hot water, again, because that will open up the pores at first so the trees will pull up a lot of water."

Bingham says check the water levels every single day.

Never let it go dry. Once a tree goes dry it seals, meaning it will not take up any more water regardless if you water it again.