The University Record, December 4, 2000

Tips for safe holiday decorations

By Diane Brown
Facilities and Operations

With the holiday season upon us, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone in the University community of the following fire code requirements and safety tips regarding holiday decorations.

  • No real cut trees are to be used as part of an indoor decoration. Real trees may only be used if they are living, potted, maintained in a fresh condition and not allowed to become dry.

  • Vegetation, such as leaves, branches or plant cuttings, cannot be used for decorations in University buildings.

  • Artificial trees and decorations should be labeled or certified by the manufacturer as being “flame retardant” or “flame resistant.”

  • Make certain that decorations are not arranged so that they obstruct the view of egress to corridors or exits.

  • Only Underwriters Laboratory (UL) listed electrical lights and wiring should be used on trees and other decorations. Electric lights should not be used on metal artificial trees.

  • Electrical cords must not be laid or taped across floors to avoid creating a tripping hazard.

  • All electrical decorations should be unplugged at the end of each day.

  • Candle-type luminaries must not be used inside.