Buying an artificial Christmas tree is a continuously growing trend among Britons. There are a number of advantages to having an artificial Christmas tree over having a real Christmas tree, not least the economic benefits of reusing an artificial tree. However, despite the advantages of having an artificial Christmas tree, many people still incline towards having a real Christmas tree, for various reasons such as tradition and having that authentic pine smell at home over the festive period.
Is having a real Christmas tree a fire hazard?
Some people tend to store their real Christmas tree in the garage before disposing of it. A dried-out Christmas tree poses a serious fire hazard. A stray spark from working in the garage is enough to ignite a Christmas tree. It is important to dispose of a real Christmas tree promptly and correctly. Local councils often provide a service of collecting and disposing of real Christmas trees in early January. If your council provides this service, it may be an idea to use it.
Can I have an allergic reaction to a real Christmas tree?
It is entirely possible to have an allergic reaction to a real Christmas tree. In fact the condition is known as, ‘Christmas tree syndrome.’ After noticing that respiratory illnesses peaked in the weeks surrounding December 25th, a study was commissioned to find out whether this was linked to having a real Christmas tree in the home. Evergreen trees grow in moist conditions, which makes them a perfect breeding ground for bacterial spores. These conditions are then compounded by the use of central heating in the home, causing the bacteria to multiply rapidly, which can lead to symptoms such as a persistent cough, wheezing and watery or itchy eyes.
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