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Don’t Burn Your Face When Disposing Of Your Tree - Like This Guy

Start the new year off right by disposing of your Christmas tree promptly. A dried out Christmas tree will ignite quickly and spread a fire very fast. Even a well-watered tree dries out quickly and becomes a danger.
     For example. On December 18, 2018, at 2:00 a.m., the Revere Fire Department responded to a Christmas tree fire in a two- family home. The fire started in a first floor living room. Alarms were present and alerted the occupants and no one was injured at this fire. The building did not have sprinklers and damages from this fire were estimated to be $155,000.
Don’t Try This Trick at Home.
     On December 27, 2018, at 5:43 p.m., the Blandford Fire Department responded to an outside Christmas tree fire. The homeowner was trying to get rid of his tree by burning it with gasoline. When he tried to ignite the tree, the gasoline fumes blew back at him causing first and second degree burns to his face.
     Disposing of Christmas trees by using gasoline or other fuels to ignite them can lead to serious burns and a potentially damaging fire. Open burning season does not start until January 15, and the use of gasoline is prohibited.
     An unconventional disposal idea [safer than gasoline]: Some local goat farms accept bare tree and wreath donations as they are looking for green things to eat.’
     Take advantage of community pick-up days or recycling programs, many of which start next week. In Groton, Explorer Post #4879 will again be picking up trees for the annual bonfire on Friday, January 10. See details below.
     Over the past few years, there have been several fires involving Christmas trees that had dried out. If trees are up early, they can dry out before Christmas. Keep the tree watered, and away from all heat sources. After Christmas, dispose of your tree promptly. If a fire should start for any reason, a tree will help spread the fire rapidly.
Dispose Promptly & Safely,
Peter J. Ostroskey,
State Fire Marshal
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