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GREENSBORO, NC -- Keeping you and your family safe and answering your questions is a daily thing for the 2 Wants To Know team.

It's not always easy or quick and we don't answer all viewer questions on TV. But this one we thought the majority of you would find interesting at this time of year.

Andy emailed us this: "Please find out why the City of Greensboro is targeting tree lots 2 weeks before Christmas.
What's wrong with a mom and pop trying to make a little extra selling tree's? Really?
They are making them spend $600.00 To light their tree lots?
Something is wrong here?"

"We've had  a really good season so far this Christmas," says Nancy Fields.

"We've had  a really good season so far this Christmas," says Nancy Fields.

This Christmas marks the 29th year the Sedgefield Tree Company has operated this tree lot. 

"We've always put safety first for our workers and shoppers as well." But this year, something on the lot wasn't right and city inspectors found it.

"We're not targeting Christmas tree lots, but the electrical engineers have been instructed that if they notice something that looks questionable they are to stop and look, " explains Pat Rose the Chief Electrical Inspector for the City of Greensboro. "What happened with this one they had a variety of drop cords and extension cords plugged into each other."

The danger there? Electrocution and a shock hazard. So the Sedgefield Tree Company had to hire an electrician to fix it.

Come to find out,  tree lot lighting is covered by state code. 

"If I were out here with my children I would want to know that I was in a safe environment and my children were and don't get me wrong, they are safe, but sometimes the owner thinks something is safe that is not really code."

Greensboro is in the process of developing a policy for public safety when it comes to tree lots.
Right now, lots do not have to go through an inspection before opening and the electricity must meet state requirements.
Other cities have policies that include mandatory yearly inspections and other city codes being enforced.

"We've had  a really good season so far this Christmas," says Nancy Fields.

 

"We've had  a really good season so far this Christmas," says Nancy Fields.

 

"We've had  a really good season so far this Christmas," says Nancy Fields.

 

"We've had  a really good season so far this Christmas," says Nancy Fields.

 

"We've had  a really good season so far this Christmas," says Nancy Fields.

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