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Safety should come first, even when you are somewhere as seemingly safe as a Christmas tree farm. Dangers lurk in even the most harmless-seeming places. The majority of tree farms are very well kept but the truth is that there are some that aren't. In addition, there are some things that a tree farmer can't control.
When you are looking at trees on the farm, be aware of your surroundings. Look for stinging insects like bees, and make sure that you don't step on any fire-ant piles (or worse yet, pick a tree that's in one and bring them back to your home). Also look around for tree stumps, an vines, uneven ground and stray blades or sharp saws.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|