Is your Christmas tree still up? It’s recommended to take it down now

Hampden County

If you still have your Christmas tree up, now is a good time to take it down. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, one-third of home fires involving Christmas trees occur in January. 

While Christmas tree fires aren’t common when they do happen and are more likely to be serious because of how quickly the fire spreads because of the dry wood and needles. 

Captain Mark Galarneau of the Chicopee Fire Department, told 22News the more your tree dries out, the greater the fire risk.

“A dried Christmas tree can burn explosively,” Galarneau said. “Fully consumed in less than fifteen seconds, and then the whole room is on fire.”

The Springfield DPW said they’ll have curbside pickup of Christmas trees on your normal recycling days, days starting January 15. 

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