Tips for burning your old Christmas tree

December 30, 2013 

As the holiday season ends, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service encourages Floridians to consider recycling Christmas trees.

Contact your local waste removal service and check for any date or size restrictions. Should you choose to burn their Christmas tree, the department offers 10 safety tips to avoid danger: - Check local ordinances and requirements for outdoor burning.

- Only burn if significant rainfall has occurred in the past three to four days.

- Never burn on windy or high fire danger days.

- Only burn during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and one hour before dark.

- Select an appropriate site to burn, which meets or exceeds the following requirements: 25 feet from wildland brush or forested area; 25 feet from your home and 150 feet from your closest neighbor; 50 feet from any paved public roadway.

-- Clear the burn area of combustible materials.

-- Remove all decorations from the tree before you burn.

-- Cut the tree into manageable sections, as necessary.

- Do not leave the fire until it is completely burnt out.

- Keep a water hose and shovel on hand.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit

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