Now that you have found your perfect Christmas tree, here are some tips to make it last as long as possible and to keep you safe. It has been many years since I had a real tree. I could never keep it from shedding its needles and making a gigantic mess. Ever since then, I have gone with an artificial one. But if you are one of those people who always have to have a real tree, here are some tips to keep it healthy and keep your family safe.

According to News 10 ABC, the most important part of caring for your real Christmas tree is to make sure it's hydrated. You can have your tree last up to four weeks if you water it properly. Within the first week, your tree will suck up about sixty five percent of the water you give it. It is recommended that you use warm water for proper hydration.

Also make sure that the connections on your lights are secure and there are no cracked lights. This will ensure fire safety along with keeping your tree at least three feet away from heat sources.