The weather is cool outside which means most people have turned up their furnaces. That extra degree can turn your Christmas tree into a ticking time bomb. Keep in mind that the needles dry out so much faster inside a warm house.
The Burbank Fire Department suggests discarding your old Christmas tree and garlands before it has a chance to ignite and cause a dangerous fire. If your tree is still in the house make sure it has plenty of water.
They also suggest to use caution when burning candles that you might have gotten for the holidays. Household candles cause a majority of accidental fires in homes.
The City of Burbank offers a couple of ways to recycle your old trees:
- At the curb/alley: From January 2, 2015, through January 23, 2015, the Public Works Department will collect trees placed in the alley and at the curb.
- In the green waste containers: With your other yard trimmings. Please be sure to cut up your tree so the container lid will close.
- In three parks: From December 26, 2014, through January 23, 2015, at:
- Verdugo Park at North California Street and West Verdugo Avenue
- Ralph Foy Park in the parking lot on West Victory Boulevard
- McCambridge Park in the parking lot on Andover Drive
Because trees are mulched or composted, all tinsel, ornaments, and metal stands must be removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.