There’s nothing like having a live tree, or decorating with beautiful poinsettias to remind you of nature’s beauty during the coldest months. Having real plants and garlands in your home during the holidays adds that extra bit of cheer, as well as a the pine scent that’s so crucial to the season for most of us. And luckily, there are a few easy steps to take that will make sure your plants remain fresh, vibrant and, most importantly, fire safe. Your tree will last longer and look better if it has a plentiful and continuous source of water, in a sturdy tree stand placed away from open flames and heat sources. And this should go without saying, but don’t overload extension cords with more than three strings of lights! Or run them under carpets or rugs- you could trip, and it’s a fire hazard. And never leave the lights on overnight, no matter how peaceful the softly glowing room looks. Don’t forget to watch children and pets around those tempting lights and decorations – a toppled tree or chewed wires aren’t just a buzzkill- they can be a very serious safety issue. And no waiting until February- after the merriment, remove your tree promptly and dispose of it properly.
Poinsettias are the perfect way to add a seasonal touch of red in a natural way! They like bright, indirect sunlight and thrive in moist, but not soggy soil, with good drainage. When you’re watering them, remove the foil or decorative pot to give them a good drink and allow the water to drain well before re-dressing them in their holiday splendor! They’re also happiest kept away from cold drafts or blasts from heat sources, and will reward your kindness with long-lasting color and holiday spirit.