Christmas Tree Safety and Disposal

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Courtesy of Rural Affairs Office – Ottawa

It’s time to trim that Christmas tree, and if you’re using a real tree, buy a fresh tree and keep the base of the trunk in water at all times. If purchasing a real tree, consider buying one through a local member of the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario (www.christmastrees.on.ca).

Water fresh trees daily. Keep your tree away from any ignition source such as the fireplace, heaters or candles. Check all sets of lights before decorating. Before you put those lights on the tree or around the front window check the cords closely. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged.

Christmas trees will be picked up as part of the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule in January. Trees must be free of decorations and not wrapped in plastic bags.