A Christmas tree can drink up to a gallon of water a day. If you fail to water it, it gets dried out and turns to tinder that can into full "flame-on" mode in 6 seconds. In the following video, the tree on the left got no water while the tree on the right was watered every day. The difference is dramatic.

Don’t leave your tree up for too long. Needles falling off your tree is a sign your tree is too dry and watering at this time may be pointless.

Don’t overload the outlet your tree is plugged into. Turn the tree off at night, and make sure the wires for the lights are not frayed or exposed.

Keep the tree away from heat sources such as a fireplace, heat vents and radiators.

Be safe, WATER THAT TREE.

. Keep your natural trees watered, and consider disposing of them as soon as possible. Cheyenne residents can recycle their trees for free at the City Compost Facility 3714 Windmill Road, at no charge..

The Compost facility is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am – 5pm. The Compost Facility will be closed on Monday, December 25, Tuesday, December 26 and on Monday, January 1, 2018 because these are city holidays.

Please remove all decorations, lights, wires, tinsel, nails and stand before dropping off your real, organic tree. Artificial trees will not be accepted.

These trees will be recycled and will be chipped and made into mulch which is usually made available, free to city or county residents.

Again this year, the Cheyenne Boy Scouts will be picking up Christmas trees for recycling on Saturday, January 5th, place on the front curb by 6:30am.

Beginning Monday, December 18th, 8 locations in Casper, one in Evansville and one Mills will be recycling Christmas trees. Wreathes are also accepted. Remove the wire frame.