Enfield Tree Recycling Approaching Fast

Proper care can help avoid home fires this holiday season and next.

When you’re ready to discard your Christmas tree, the town of Enfield will pick up your tree on the curbside.

The town of Enfield will pick up your live Christmas tree during a collection effort separate from standard trash and recycling pick up.

According to the department of public works, trees will be picked up curbside, but trees placed in plastic bags will not be collected.

Tree collection, Enfield Public Works says, will take place the second through last weeks of January.

Due to the observance of New Year’s Day, Wednesday and Thursday collection for the week starting Mon., Dec. 30 will be delayed one day. The town’s transfer station will be closed on Wed., Jan. 1.

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends removing trees from homes and removing decorations sooner rather than later.

“The longer they are in the home, the more dangerous they become. The continued use of seasonal lighting and dried-out trees can pose significant fire hazards in and outside the home,” NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli said. “Proper disposal of the tree from your home will minimize the risk and will keep the holiday a joyful one.”

To reduce the chance of holiday tree and light fires for next year, the NFPA said care should be taken now, and suggest the following steps be taken:

  • As you’re putting away electrical light strings, take time to inspect each for damage. Throw out light sets if they have loose connections, broken sockets or cracked or bare wires.

  • Do not place a damaged set of lights back into the storage box for next year’s use.

  • Wrap each set of lights and put them in individual plastic bags, or wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard.

  • Store electrical decorations in a dry place where they cannot be damaged by water or dampness. Also, keep them away from children and pets.

Visit www.nfpa.org/winter for more tips for preventing fires during the winter.

You can also follow these tips for taking down your decorations from Yahoo!.


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