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DPS reminds campus of holiday decorating safety tips

The holiday season can be filled with joy and merriment, but if you're not careful, all those festive lights and decorations can create a dangerous setting.

As the 2004 holiday season approaches, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to remind everyone in the University community of the following fire code requirements and safety tips regarding holiday decorations:

• No live cut trees are to be used as part of an indoor decoration. Live trees may be used only 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 U-M buildings.

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

• Decorations should not be arranged in a way that obstructs the view of egress to corridors or exits.

• Decorations may not be hung or suspended from automatic sprinkler system branch lines or pipes.

• Only UL listed electrical lights and wiring shall be used on trees and other decorations.

• Electrical lights should not be used on metal artificial trees.

• Electrical cords must not be laid or taped across floors, as they could create a tripping hazard.

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

• Candle-type luminaries are not allowed indoors.

Any questions about safe decorations can be referred to Ian Steinman, Duane Lee or Greg Masters of DPS at (734) 763-3434.

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