Burning a tree in the fireplace is a risky way to end the holidays

 Burning a tree in the fireplace is a risky way to end the holidays

DEAR BARRY: I’m writing to share some fireplace maintenance advice that may be of benefit to your readers. Let them know they can save the cost of a chimney sweep by burning their Christmas tree after the holiday season. The high heat produced by the pine oils will burn out the creosote in the flue, leaving it as clean as a whistle.

— Arnie

DEAR ARNIE: Burning your Christmas tree in your fireplace is an ill-conceived and terribly dangerous procedure. Please reconsider this hazardous practice. You may have gotten away with it in the past, but that is no guarantee you will continue to be so lucky.

Risky behavior without consequence does not ensure against future calamity. Some people have managed to drive under the influence without causing an accident, but we can all agree that doing so is as foolish as it is illegal. Sooner or later, both practices, Christmas tree burning and DUIs, are likely to incur unfortunate results.

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