The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department offers some basic tree safety tips so residents can safely enjoy the Holiday season with friends and family.
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand daily.
- Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
- Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dispose of the tree as soon as possible. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the home.
Queen Creek residents can drop off live Christmas trees beginning Sunday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 9, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the self-service drop-off area just south of Queen Creek's Field Operations Facility, 19715 S. 220th St.
- All lights, decorations and ornaments must be removed prior to dropping off.
- Only live Christmas trees will be accepted.
Additionally, Queen Creek Trash & Recycling Services customers can schedule a bulk pick-up for a tree at no additional cost by visiting QueenCreekAZ.gov/BulkTrash.