Firefighters are urging families to remove their Christmas trees as soon as possible. The longer you stay at home, the greater the risk of fire, even if you are submerged in water.
The National Fire Protection Association released a report in December showing that one-third of Christmas tree fires occurred in January. About 160 houses burn each year, killing an average of 2 people and injuring nearly 10 others.
West Valley Fire Chief Nathan Craig said the lights on the Christmas tree could have caused an electrical fire or the tree caught fire because it was too close to a candle, fireplace, or space heater.
“There can be fires for whatever reason, but you still have that kind of bomb in the living room,” Craig said. will grow rapidly.”
Craig says if the tree is still holding conifers, it might be fine for a few days if you unplug the lights and keep watering.
“It’s like grabbing a limb and pulling a needle out of your hand,” Craig said.
Many cities, including the city of Yakima, allow residents to call the waste department to make an appointment and for a small fee someone come pick up the wood.
“I don’t recommend leaving it leaning against your house because it will stay dry and flammable wherever you are, whether it’s in the house or not.
Craig suggests people in the Yakima area take advantage of the Christmas tree recycling program offered through Camp Prime Time.
Through January 9th, community members can unload trees at Pape Agriculture & Turf (formerly Washington Tractor) at 3110 Fruitvale Blvd every day from 8am to 5pm. at Yakima.
According to the Camp Prime Time website, “DTG uses chips to generate clean, renewable power at local biomass energy facilities. This process not only generates renewable energy, but also It also reduces the amount of construction and demolition waste sent to landfills.”
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