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Holiday Decorations

Holiday decorations are often fire hazards. Follow these guidelines to improve fire safety during the holidays:

  • Do not use live Christmas trees in University buildings unless they are treated with fire retardants. Use an artificial tree that is fire resistant.
  • Do not place holiday decorations where they may block emergency egress (e.g., stairways, corridors, near doors, etc.)
  • Only use decorations that are flame retardant.
  • Practice good housekeeping by minimizing paper and other combustible decorations.
  • Avoid using extension cords.
  • Use FM or UL labeled electrical decorations.
  • Do not light candles or use other decorations with open flames.
  • Turn off lights when the room is unoccupied.

May 2011
Revised November 2014