Jan Doherty

Safely remove holiday decorations

Jan Doherty, Public Education Officer, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.

Safely remove holiday decorations

As the holiday season comes to an end, beautifully decorated evergreen trees will transform into bone-dry fire hazards.

Many people choose to leave their Christmas tree and other decorations up for a few weeks after the holidays, but this may not be the safest option. Approximately 40 percent of Christmas tree-caused home fires occur in January. The Spokane Fire Department recommends properly removing your tree as soon as possible after the holidays.

City of Spokane Solid Waste Management provides residential Christmas tree removal from December 29, 2014 through January 16, 2015. Trees can be picked up on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day. Before placing your tree on the curb for pickup make sure it is:

  • Free of ornaments, flocking, and lights
  • Cut in half if larger than 6 feet tall

If you live in an apartment complex, check with your apartment manager to see if they have set a one-time location pickup with Solid Waste Management.

Additionally, it is important to properly store electrical decorations to avoid damage to prevent electrical fires. Follow these tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep your decorations in good condition and reduce the risk of holiday tree and light fires:

  • Inspect each light string for damage
  • Recycle light sets with loose connections, broken sockets or cracked or bare wires
  • Store your lights by wrapping each set in individual plastic bags or wrapping the lights around a piece of cardboard
  • Store all electrical decorations in a dry location to avoid water damage

Stay safe and safely and promptly remove your holiday tree and decorations. Make holiday safety a tradition!

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