As people tear down holiday decor, local firefighters preparing for more accidental falls

As people tear down holiday decor, local firefighters preparing for more accidental falls

YAKIMA, Wash.- People are now starting to take down their inflatable Santas, Christmas lights, and other holiday decorations and are starting to say hello to the new year.

Yakima City Manager Cliff Moore says he's heard horror stories of people falling and urges you to make sure you to pick a day were it's not icy out and arrange to have someone helping you so that you aren't at risk of getting hurt.

"We've had people get injured and end up in the hospital from falling off a ladder this time of year taking down holiday decorations, and that's not a good way to end the year," said Moore.

Chief Mark Emery over at East Valley Fire says people falling is one of the main emergencies they respond to. At least to four times a week during this time of year, fire crews receive calls of people who have fallen off of ladders or have tripped on icy roofs.

"You're talking about elevation and the bottom of the ladder slipping out or leaning over to far. So it's always a good idea to have a safety on the ladder and have somebody stabilize the ladder so that it can't kick out or they can stabilize it if it starts to tip," said Emery.

When it comes to taking out your Christmas trash, Chief Emery urges you to avoid leaving tv boxes or other expensive gift boxes out in the open.

"If you got a new tv or something, burglars actually cruise neighborhoods this time of year looking for boxes of expensive items. Then they will start watching when you're home and when you're not home. So it's best to cut them up and put them at the bottom of your bin," said Emery.

If you are wondering what you should do with your Christmas tree, the city recommends you drop yours off to Camp Prime Time, a group that teaches disabled children to fish, camp, and explore nature. They take in Christmas trees for a donation. All money raised will go towards helping children in need.

You can drop your tree off at to Camp Prime Time at Washington Tractor, located on 3110 Fruitvale Blvd.

They will be taking in trees from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until January 6.

Or you can have the City of Yakima refuse staff come and pick it up for a fee. You can call 509-575-6005 and make an appointment. Trees that are up to five feet tall charge is ten dollars and beyond is $15.

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