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Watch Out For That Tree

San Bernardino Mountains, CA, December 6, 2013 – When setting up a natural Christmas Tree, don’t sacrifice safety. The San Bernardino County Fire Department  reminds you of the following safety tips as you decorate for the holidays. CHECK THE LIGHTS: Before you put up any electrically lighted decorations or a pre-lit tree, check for burned-out lights, empty sockets, broken bulbs and frayed wires. Throw out any damaged strands of lights. Turn off tree lights leaving the house or going to bed. Plug no more than three light sets into a single outlet. USE MINI-LIGHTS; THEY’RE COOLER: Miniature lights produce less heat and drying on a natural tree. UNCLOG THE SAP: If you use a natural tree, make a fresh 1-inch cut at the base to open up pores clogged by sap.  The fresh cut surface should be creamy-white so that the tree will be able to drink water. WATER DAILY: Put your natural tree in a sturdy stand that holds at least one gallon of water.  Rinse the stand with a mixture of one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting the tree.  This reduces the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water.  If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water in a cool place away from wind and sun. Watering daily may be more...

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Christmas Tree Disposal Available

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 27, 2012 – REVISED December 28, 2912 – When it’s time to say goodbye to your Christmas tree this year, Big Bear Disposal is ready to help. Residents of the City of Big Bear Lake only can dispose of their Christmas tree at Big Bear Disposal’s Garstin Site until January 14. There will be a container available just for Christmas trees. Big Bear Disposal will not pick up Christmas trees on their residential curbside routes.  Additionally, Big Bear City residents can dispose of their Christmas trees at the Paradise Maintenance Yard on Paradise in Big Bear City from Monday through Friday between regular hours of 7am to 4:30pm.  No weekend tree drop off will be available for residents of Big Bear...

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Holiday Safety Tips To Remember

San Bernardino, CA, December 9, 2011, noon – With the increase in fire risk presented by Christmas trees, the San Bernardino County Fire Department offers these holiday safety tips: make sure electric holiday lights are intact and that cords are not frayed; artificial trees should be made of fireproof materials; natural trees should have a fresh, one-inch cut at the base to eliminate sap and allow the tree to absorb water; it is important to water natural trees daily as they can absorb up to a gallon of water each day; mini-lights on a tree produce less heat, but all lights should be turned off when you leave the house or go to bed; and do not overload electrical circuits. Christmas trees should be placed away from heat sources, and these include heating vents, televisions, sunny windows and fireplaces. If you rearrange the furniture to accommodate your holiday tree, be sure that it’s not positioned too close to heat sources. And, finally, never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove, as it will burn too fast and could be explosive. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31226.mp3|titles=Holiday Fire...

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