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December 2007

Holiday Decorations

Decorating for the holidays is fun and an important part of our observances and traditions; but when decorations are not used properly, they can result in fires, injuries and death. Students, faculty and staff are urged to follow some simple guidelines to keep safety in mind when decorating on campus, at work and at home.

  • NATURAL trees, wreaths or garland are not permitted.
  • Do not position artificial trees or decorations in exits, stairways, or where it may block the view of exits or exit signs.
  • When choosing holiday decorations, select only those materials made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
  • Do not use untreated cotton batting, flock, and paper which may ignite easily and burn intensely.
  • Avoid the use of holiday lights to conserve energy and to eliminate the potential for fire and shock hazards. If used:
    • Lights must bear the UL Listing Mark.
    • Carefully inspect lights and wiring for damage.
    • Do not overload extension cords.
    • Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses.
    • Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving.
  • Never use lighted candles as part of any holiday display.

Note: Lighted candles, incense, and open flames are strictly prohibited in Residence Halls, and must be approved by the Fire Marshal for all other uses.

In case of a fire or other emergency, please call University Police. Dial 911 from any campus phone or (631) 632-3333.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

Questions? Please call the Campus Fire Marshal's Office at (631) 632-9678.

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