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Reno Fire Department reminds residents to dispose of dry Christmas trees

Reno, Nevada (December 27, 2016) — The Reno Fire Department is urging residents to dispose of dry Christmas trees that could pose a substantial fire danger.

“Natural Christmas trees dry out quickly and can become extremely flammable and dangerous,” said Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer. “Now that the holiday is over, it’s time to get the tree out of your house.”

Heated rooms dry out natural trees rapidly, increasing the danger. If your tree is losing needles or beginning to turn brown, it’s time to dispose of it. Dried-out trees should not be left inside your home, in your garage, or placed against the side of your home.

Check with your local community to find a tree-recycling program.

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do happen, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that one in every 34 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a fatality.

Christmas tree fires are generally started when some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, is too close to the tree, or when there is an electrical malfunction.

After Christmas, it’s also a good idea to bring in outdoor electrical lights to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

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About the City of Reno

The City of Reno government’s mission is dedicated to creating a community that people are proud to call home. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established five key priorities: Thriving Downtown and University District, Vibrant Neighborhoods and Public Places, Well-Managed Growth, Strong Financial Condition, and Efficient and Dependable Business Environment. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit Reno.gov or call 775-334-INFO (4636).

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