Jan Doherty, Public Education Officer, No Phone Number Available
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.
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:
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:
Stay safe and safely and promptly remove your holiday tree and decorations. Make holiday safety a tradition!