Help Fire Proof Your Christmas Tree

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The smell and site of a real tree during the holiday season is a blessing in many homes, but the chances of a fire increase considerably. Here is a solution you can create at home to help fireproof your holiday tree.
Did you know that it can take less than 22 seconds for a tree to be fully engulfed and take over a room?

You’ll Need:

  • 2 c. Karo Corn Syrup
  • 2 oz. Liquid Chlorine Bleach
  • 2 pinches Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Borax (found in the laundry aisle!)
  • 1 tsp. Chelated Iron

Make a fresh cut on the bottom of your Xmas tree with a saw. Try to cut level taking off at least one inch. Immediately after you cut the tree mix your fireproofing ingredients. Fill a two-gallon bucket with hot water to within one inch of the top then add ingredients and mix well. Immediately stand the tree in this solution and let it sit for 24 hours.

Place your tree in a stand with a well where liquids can be poured (SAVE REMAINING SOLUTION).

After your tree is in the stand fill solution from the bucket into the tree well using a cup or other smaller container.

Every day without exception, the well of the tree stand must be “TOPPED-UP” with the solution from the two-gallon bucket.

Follow these simple directions & your tree will be fireproofed. (as Fireproof as possible!) It may save your home and family from those fire tragedies we always hear about around the holidays!

This is how it works:

The Karo Syrup provides the sugar necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water. Up to 1.5 gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a two week period.

Boron in the “Borax” allows the tree to move the water and sugar out to every branch and needles in your tree.

Magnesium compounds in the Epsom Salt and Iron form the Chelated Iron provide essential components for the production of chlorophyll which will keep the tree green.

The bleach prevents mold from forming in your solution.

Some of the other beneficial side-effects of this procedure are that the needles will not drop and you will notice an increase in natural pine fragrance.

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Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer- common sense applies, If you neglect to water your tree and it dries out, it’s a fire hazard. Nothing is fool-proof, this is only to help keep the tree alive for a few weeks & reduce the risk of fire.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.


  1. our tree has been up for about 3 weeks using this recipe and it still looks as fresh as the day we put it in. I did notice that we have to top it off almost everyday, but we have a 9 foot tree. :stars:

  2. Thank you for sharing this, I very nearly forgot to water my tree. We usually have a fake one but it was in such shambles this year we opted for a real tree instead.

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