Safety FirstOne of the biggest safety concerns with real Christmas trees is the fire hazard. When ignited, dead trees burn rapidly and at such a high temperature that they usually engulf the room that they are in. If you happen to not be home, or even worse asleep, the resulting damage could be catastrophic. Most artificial Christmas trees are manufactured using polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, and are inherently fire retardant. It is important to note that artificial tress are not “fire proof” and can still ignite, they are just less likely to burn. No matter the type of tree you should always take basic precautions: Always turn off the lights when you’re not home or asleep, keep away from heat sources like fire places and candles and always check your lights for faulty or worn looking wiring. If you do choose to purchase a natural Christmas tree be sure to keep it watered at all times as it will greatly reduce the risk of fire.
Environmental/Economical ImpactThe full report can be viewed here.) The conclusion that it found was that after just 5 years of use an artificial tree uses 1.5 times less non-renewable resources than a natural tree, if the artificial tree is used for 10 years the natural tree uses 3 times as much. So in the end the real value of an artificial tree both economically and environmentally comes when you reuse the tree for 5 or more years.
Tis’ The Season To Be Sneezing?We haven’t been Christmas caroling in some time but we’re pretty sure that’s not how that song goes. Stuff loves to grow on natural trees and sometimes that stuff can be dangerous, such as mold spores. A 2007 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology study found a natural tree could negatively affect the quality of air indoors. Researchers found that mold counts grew in the air from the time a natural tree was brought in. With an artificial tree you need not worry about things such as mold and dust.
Now That Was EasyThe convenience of an artificial Christmas tree is difficult to overstate. Most artificial trees come with the option of being pre-lit, and in some rare cases, even pre-decorated. Additionally, you’ll never have to worry about watering the tree or picking up dead pine needles. Even in optimal conditions, with proper care, you’ll likely get no more than a 4 week life-span from a natural tree. Compare that to a artificial tree you can leave set up for months or forever if you feel really jolly year ‘round. When you’re done with the artificial tree for the year you can disassemble it with ease and store it in the same box it came in. For more convienient storage, many people choose plastic or canvas tree storage bags. With a natural tree, proper disposal is just another chore to add to your to-do-list.
AmbianceHave you ever found the perfect Christmas tree just to get it home and see that the dealer had given it a comb over and now your tree is showing some middle aged balding, or even worse, you lost some branches on the way home? With an artificial tree you know you are getting a perfect tree that is full and consistent in color. There are no surprises. Moreover, each branch of an artificial tree is shapable, so fitting the tree in a tight space is far less irritating. Writers note: As someone who grew up gathering around a natural tree as a kid, I was a little hesitant to forgo that tradition and embrace an artificial tree. That day will be six years ago this Christmas, and although I do miss the smell of the real deal, it has proven to be a wise investment. Whichever type of tree you choose to go with, we hope that you have a safe and wonderful Christmas each and every year.
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