are a major source of fires, especially during the
Fire Marshal Garry Beach
4, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.)
Decorations add a special
spice to University of Kentucky buildings during the
holiday season, but they could be dangerous.
UK Fire Marshal Garry
Beach said employees and students should be mindful
of decorations that may create fire hazards.
a major source of fires, especially during the holiday
season, he said. Its terrible when
a fire disrupts the happiness of the season. Being
careful with decorations is a key way to avoid that
Beach said people often
simply overlook the dangers of some decorations. Candles
are a popular holiday decoration, but their open flames
can ignite other objects. Cut Christmas trees dry
out within a few days and burn rapidly if they catch
fire. Trees and gifts in front of windows and doors
block needed fire escapes.
UK Decorations Policy has been established to help
ensure the safety of the university community. It
materials shall not be used for decorations.
- All decorations, including
Christmas trees, must bear the Underwriter (UW)
label, which identifies them as flame retardant.
tree lights shall bear the Underwriters Laboratory
(UL) label for intended use.
- Decorations shall be arranged
in a manner not to obstruct exits, emergency lighting,
exit signs or corridors.
- Exterior decorations shall
not be attached to a house, other than lights.
- Do not use open flame,
such as candles. Smoking is not permitted around
- All decorations in campus
building must be removed prior to holiday vacations.
a fire strikes, evacuate the building and dial 911
decorations that may be hazardous or that are in violation
of the policy must be removed immediately. For questions
concerning decorations or their proper use, contact
Beach or Greg Williamson at 257-6326.