As you say goodbye to a new year, it’s also time to say goodbye to your Christmas tree!
Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left inside the home. Also do not leave your tree in a garage or outside against the home or any other structure. Disposing of it correctly is the best practice and is free to all Prescott Valley residents.
The Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Department is accepting cut trees to be placed into its dumpster at Mountain Valley Park’s south lot on East Nace Lane near the dog park.
Only cut Christmas trees will be accepted. Please do not bring other yard debris or any artificial trees or other decorations. Please remove all decorations and lights from tree before placing it into the dumpster. Disposal hours are daily from sun up to 10pm through Friday, Jan. 5.
Research and statistics from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA):
- Between 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 32 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
- Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two of every five (40%) of home Christmas tree fires.
- In one-quarter (26%) of the Christmas tree fires and in 80% of the deaths, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
- One quarter (24%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
- Forty-two percent of reported home Christmas tree fires occurred in December and 37% were reported in January.
- More than one-third (37%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
Don’t be a statistic! Please take your tree down and dispose of it properly. Now. Here’s to a Happy New Year!