It’s Christmas Time in the City

Be merry, be bright, be fire smart!  Fresh Christmas trees help make the home smell so festive, but special care should be taken to avoid a tragic fire.

Fact – One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by Electrical Failure.

Fact – Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious

Fact – A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every five of the fires

What can you do?  Pick a tree with fresh, green needles.  Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, is not blocking an exit and water daily.  When stringing lights, double check for broken cords or loose bulb and always unplug your lights before going to bed or leaving your home.


Dried out trees are fire hazards and should not be left in home.  The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas Trees.   Remember to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights and ornaments and DO NOT place trees in plastic bags.

All of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City.  Last year New York City recycled more than 300,000 trees.

On Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015, Free mulch will be available at Mulchfest locations – bring your tree and leave with a bag of mulch!

Curbside collections will take place Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16, 2015



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