How to keep a fresh tree from going up in flames this holiday season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Todd Gannon, the owner of Riverview Christmas Tree Farm in Canton, said he gives his customers advice on how to take care of their tree before they leave. If it's a fresh tree, it needs to be watered at least twice per day. He said a fresh cut tree will likely take one to two gallons per day.

He also said avoid putting the tree by a heat register. If you have to put it by a register, then be sure to cover it with a magnetic cover you can buy. Don't just close it because the heat will still get through and dry out the tree, which can be dangerous.

Before you purchase the tree, he suggests buying a tree stand that has a bowl that can hold a large amount of water, so you don't have to refill it several times per day.

The Riverview Christmas Tree Farm is open for its last weekend of the season on Saturday and Sunday. You can go on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM or on Sunday from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM.

The video attached to this article shows how quickly a dry tree can go up in flames, so it's important to keep an eye on your tree throughout the holiday season. The video is from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.