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Holiday Decorations

Image of Happy HolidayDecorating 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 at the University. Artificial trees are permitted.
  • Promptly dispose of trees, wreaths or garland after the holidays. Dried trees are at extreme risk for fire.
  • 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.
    • Refrain from using extension cords and multi-plug adapters. Use UL Listed surge protectors instead of extension cords where possible.
    • Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses.
    • Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving.
    • Follow manufacturer guidelines as to the maximum number of holiday lights which may be strung together.
  • Never use lighted candles as part of any holiday display.
  • Test your home smoke detector and replace the battery every six months.

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.

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control has issued the following Campus Fire Safety Bulletin (in Adobe PDF format) and encourages all students, faculty and staff to follow the safety tips to help ensure a happy and safe holiday season.

Additional information is available at the following websites:

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


Last Update: 12/02/2010

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