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Authorities warn residents that old Christmas trees are fire hazards

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 13:13:18-05

The National Fire Protection Association is encouraging everyone to remove their Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season.

Nearly one-third of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occurs in the month of January.

“Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The longer you keep one in your home, the more of a fire hazard it becomes.”

The NFPA points out that one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death.

"All Christmas trees can burn, but a dried-out tree can become engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds,” said Carli. “In recent years, we’ve seen tragic incidents where Christmas tree fires have resulted in deadly consequences for multiple family members, including young children.”

Keep Waco Beautiful is hosting its annual "Chipping of the Green" Christmas tree recycling event on Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Paul Tyson Field parking lot.

The City of Robinson is also providing a roll-off dumpster on Strauss behind the Robinson Police Department to allow residents to come and dump their trees.