Now that Christmas is behind us, hidden fire dangers could still be lurking in our homes.
Christmas lights, packaging, and live trees are all extra materials that could turn a wonderful memory into a fiery nightmare.
People may already know proper disposal, but it's always important to be extra mindful, especially at this time of year.
"People don't necessarily remember at this time of year, conditions can be just as dry as in the summer time,"said Nebraska Firefighter Museum's Kristi Behlmann. "And when you mix that along with all the types of trash and disposable items there could be something that sparks a fire."
"There's going to be a lot more fuel in those dumpsters than there normally would be because of wrapping paper, more than anything, and ribbons and stuff," said K.V.F.D. Fire Chief Terry Eirich. "And your live Christmas trees that you have, once they get dried out they become fuel also."
Firefighters encourage residents to recycle live Christmas trees at city drop-off sites for proper disposal, and to not mix burning materials with other objects in their dumpsters.
REPORTER'S NOTES: Kearney has four tree recycling locations open until January 19 at the following parks:
• Apollo Park, 33rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenue
• Centennial Park, 11th Street & 7th Avenue
• Harvey Park, 42nd Street & Avenue N
• Nina Hammer Park, 13th Street & Avenue K
The City of Kearney encourages residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel and ornaments when disposing of live trees, including the removal of plastic bags.