Fire officials: Time to get rid of that dry Christmas tree

The state fire marshal says it might be time to get rid of that natural Christmas tree in your home and dispose of it safely. Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says the average lifespan of a cut Christmas tree is one month after purchase.

If you have a live tree, you should monitor it for freshness by checking to see when the tree’s needles start to drop. He says that the needles are more than just a nuisance to clean up. They are also an indication that the dry tree is a fire hazard and should be removed from the home.

Columbus trash crews are picking up natural Christmas trees at curbside now. That will continue through January 26th. You should have the tree curbside on your normal trash day. Trees need to be out of any bags and you need to remove any metal such as stands, ornaments or lighting, as they will be mulched.

If you live in Bartholomew County, you can drop your tree off at the Columbus Recycling Center directly.