Decorating Safely for Parties and Holidays
- Purchase only natural trees that have been treated with a flame retardant. Approved tree lots, which are licensed by the State Fire Marshal’s office for flame-retardant application, include
- Kiwanis Club, Stanford Stadium, Stanford
- Barron Park Nursery, 3876 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
- Grandpa’s Christmas Trees, 2780 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
- Keep all holiday trees—natural and artificial—out of corridors and away from doorways and heat sources.
- Do not remove the tag that proves the tree has been treated with a flame-retardant chemical. The tag must include the name and registration number of the chemical used, the name of the applicator, and the date of treatment.
- Keep cut natural trees in water at all times to slow the natural drying process.
- Use only lights that bear the Underwriters Laboratory
(UL) seal of approval.
- Do not use lights with loose sockets or frayed or damaged wires.
- Do not run wiring through doorways, under carpeting,
or through holes in walls.
- Never plug one extension cord into another; use a multiple-outlet power strip with an internal circuit breaker.
- Always turn the holiday lights off when you leave the building.
- Never wrap decorative rope lights or holiday lights around exposed sprinkler pipes.
- Dispose of all decorations, trees, and wrappings immediately after the holidays by taking them to campus recycling/dumpster areas.
Holiday fire safety information
Last modified Mon, 27 Jun, 2011 at 9:42