SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - If you're getting a real tree this Christmas then you need to be extra careful.
The drought has left many tree farms with extremely dry trees.
That means you need to make sure you keep water in your tree stand.
The Sylvester Fire Chief Jack Colby said that the trees will go through excessive amounts of water.
He said you must also be careful where you put decorations, making sure your lights are UL certified and keep candles away from your tree.
"You move the tree from the outside into your house and you put it in a pot of water, for lack of a better expression, and if it's cold outside and you are running your heat, which is dropping the humanity of in your house the whole time which aids in the drying out of the Christmas tree as well," said Colby.
Colby said candles are a common cause of fires this time of year so you need make sure you keep them away from anything flammable.