Tips for on-campus holiday decoration

Decorate your space for the holiday season safely

With the holiday season approaching, university fire marshal Todd Griffin would like to pass along safe decorating tips for the Columbia campus this winter.

  • Any decorations must be kept out of doorways and allow free movement of people to and from the building, including in hallways, stairways and lobbies.
  • Decorations should not block exit lights, fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull stations.
  • Only fire-resistant trees are permitted.
  • Inspect all lighting sets for wear and tear before use.
  • Use indirect spotlights on metallic trees instead of electric lights strung on a tree.
  • Candles are not allowed anywhere on the Columbia campus with the exception of Rutledge Chapel (which requires pre-approval).

The Fire Safety Office can inspect decorations upon request; call 7-5269 for more details.

Help us keep the campus safe for all, and happy holidays!

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