Fire-Proofing Your Christmas Tree

A dry Holiday tree is a tragedy waiting to happen. As soon as you bring yours home, make it fire-resistant by following columnist Jack Eden's recipe.

  • 2 gallons boiling water
  • 2 cups clear corn syrup
  • 2 ounces wetting agent or 2 ounces liquid Woolite
  • 2 ounces cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Borax
  • 4 ounces liquid chlorine bleach

Stir mixture well in a 3 to 5 gallon container. Make a fresh straight cut about 2 inches across the base of the tree.

Then place the tree in the solution. It will take about 5 days for the tree to absorb the mix.

When you bring the tree indoors, use the mix in the stand at all times.