Holiday Decoration Restrictions
Safety Memorandum on Holiday Decorations
TO: All Deans, Chairpersons, Directors, Department Heads, and Public Safety
FROM: Debra Gursha, Fire Safety Specialist
RE: Holiday Decoration Restrictions for the Campus
There are strict state and city fire regulations regarding holiday decorations, developed to protect building occupants, which the University must be in compliance with. These regulations are summarized below.
(1) Absolutely NO real, live or natural decorations such as trees, laurel rope or holly are allowed. Please make note of the fact that, in past years, these decorations have been removed from the University buildings.
(2) Artificial flame-proof trees and holiday decorations are allowed. However, there are limitations on their use.
- They can only be placed in open areas.
- They cannot be placed in elevators, stairways and corridors.
- They cannot be placed in a location that in any way blocks an exit, hallway or other space leading to an emergency exit.
- They cannot be placed near any heat source.
(3) Metallic trees such as aluminum are allowed. Unattached flood lights must be used for a lighting effect. Electric lights cannot be placed on them.
(4)Extension cords used improperly can present fire, electrical and tripping hazards. Be certain to use cords that are UL listed and have three prong plugs. Protect from over current loads by selecting extension cords with adequate, current-carrying capacity. Do not place cords on or near walking surfaces.
Have a happy and safe holiday season.