NFPA advises disposal of Christmas trees to prevent fire

MARQUETTE — Even though Christmas has come and gone, many of us may still have the halls decked with Yuletide cheer.

The National Fire Prevention Association is encouraging residents to dispose of their Christmas trees in a timely fashion. The longer a tree stays in a home, the more it dries out, and a dry tree can become an extreme fire hazard. Statistics indicate that nearly forty percent of home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January.

Many communities offer tree disposal programs. Residents of the City of Marquette who pay the solid waste fee on their monthly bills can take advantage of the two Christmas tree drop–off sites — one at Lakeview Arena and the other at the Municipal Service Center — that will be open through January 17th. Click here for more information.