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Tucson firefighters urge public to recycle Christmas trees

Posted at 11:32 AM, Jan 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 13:37:29-05

Do you still have your Christmas tree? As trees grow drier in people's homes in the New Year, the Tucson Fire Department is urging the public to dispose of their Christmas trees properly.

On January, 5, 2019, TFD tweeted a video of Barrett Baker, TFD fire captain, explaining what to do with your tree.

Why are dry trees dangerous?

Community Service Officer Kara Curtis of TPD writes : "One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems, so make sure to check your lights carefully. If your family has a live Christmas tree in your home, be sure to water it every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily."

In fact, officials say it can take as fast as 30 seconds for a tree to light up in flames, which can quickly spread to nearby flammable items, such as furniture, or curtains. So if your tree is dropping needles, it's time for it to go.

Beore taking your tree, make sure it is stripped of decorations. They can be dropped off at one of these 8 TreeCycle locations:

1. Oro Valley Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Dr., (Only open through January 7, 2018)
2. Tank's Roll-offs & Recycling, 7301 E Speedway (Open M-F, 7 am - 4 pm; Sat, 7 am - 2 pm)
3. Golf Links Sports Park, 2400 S. Craycroft Rd. (7 am - 5 pm)
4. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, on 3rd Ave. (east of Rodeo Grounds, on S. 3rd Ave.)
5. Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd. (Entrance is at intersection of Craycroft Rd. & Los Reales Rd., follow signs) 6am-5pm **Closed Sundays**
6. Silverbell Site, (northeast corner of Silverbell Rd. & Goret Rd (follow signs)
7. Purple Heart Park, 10050 E. Rita Rd.
8. Randolph Golf Course, 600 S. Alvernon Way, (southeast corner of parking lot)

These locations are open during daylight hours 7 days a week unless otherwise noted.