Loveland. Ohio – The City’s Christmas tree collection program will begin on Friday, January 2, and run for three weeks. Crews from the Public Works Department will pass through the City once a week to collect trees from the curbside.
Residents can also call City Hall at 513-707-1439 and leave a message with their address and a crew will pick-up the tree from the curb.
Pick-up is not guaranteed for the same day but residents should set the tree at the curb for collection at the time they call for pick-up.
NFPA encourages prompt removal and disposal of Christmas trees
Nearly 40 percent of Christmas tree home fires occur in January
“Christmas trees are flammable objects. The longer they’re in your home, the more they dry out, making them a significant fire hazard,” said Lorraine Carli, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.
NFPA statistics show that nearly 40 percent of home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. Although these fires aren’t common, when they do occur, they’re more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, as compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
While many people choose to keep their Christmas trees and holiday decorations up for a few weeks after the holidays, the continued use of seasonal lighting and dried-out trees after the holidays presents increased fire risks.
“Our hope is that once people understand the fire hazards associated with Christmas trees, particularly as they continue to dry out over time, they’ll choose to remove them promptly,” said Carli.