“Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage.”
- Keep your tree stand filled with water at all times;
- Do not place your tree close to a heat source which can dry the tree out;
- Do not link more than three light strands;
- Don’t block exits with your tree;
- Do not leave lights on unattended;
- Have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home and test them monthly to insure they are working;
From the City of New Orleans website for recycling your tree:
DECEMBER 20, 2012 NEW ORLEANS, LA — Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the City will continue its program of recycling Christmas trees in an effort to promote the restoration of Louisiana’s wetlands and to assist in the protection of the Louisiana coastline
. “New Orleans is earning a great reputation as an eco-friendly city, and this service is one of the ways our citizens can help protect and restore our environment,” Mayor Landrieu said.”Together, we can save thousands of trees from being thrown out to waste and also provide critical support to help preserve our wetlands.”
Orleans Parish residents can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside on their regularly scheduled collection days January 10, 11 and 12. The trees must be natural, with all ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands removed. Flocked and artificial trees will not be collected, and trees should not be placed on the neutral grounds. Trees should not be placed in plastic bags. The City’s Department of Sanitation, Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs and the Materials Management Group are making possible the effort to collect, sort, and bundle the trees, which will be placed in selected coastal zones. This project is funded by the general fund budget of the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs at a cost of approximately $9,000.
Residents seeking more information should contact the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs at (504) 658-4071.