Lincoln shares ways to dump Christmas trees before becoming serious fire hazards

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Another Christmas is in the books and your family might want to enjoy the decorations a little longer.

But safety experts warn waiting too long could put your loved ones at risk.

The city of Lincoln is sharing a number of ways to dispose of your tree with a free option launching Monday morning.  You won’t even have to hop in your vehicle to participate.

Boy Scout Troop 8 is offering a tree pickup service.  All you need to do is drag the tree to your front lawn and contact them.

Safety experts say the longer you leave your tree up, the greater chance it has of becoming a serious fire hazard.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year fire departments across the U.S. respond to an average of 160 fires that begin with the ignition of a Christmas tree.

That’s according to data from 2016 to 2020.  It also shows 74% of those fires happened in December and January, as trees have had more time to dry out.

You can schedule the Boy Scouts to pick-up your tree here.  They’re also available by phone at 402-965-1458.

The city is providing drop-off sites as well through January 16.

Locations include Ballard Park, Holmes Lake Park and several others included in this list.

Also remember to remove all decorations from your tree ahead of time.

Tinsel, lights, skirts, and stands should all be disposed of separately.

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