Holiday Decorations in the Residence Halls

Holiday Decorations in the Residence Halls

Published: 
25/10/16

In order to minimize the potential fire hazards associated with some holiday seasons, the following decoration guidelines should be followed for the protection of those students living in the residence halls:

  • Students must place a plate or other hard surfaced object underneath pumpkins used for fall decorations to protect flooring and other surfaces, and properly dispose of the pumpkin as soon as it shows signs up decay.
  • Cut or live trees and wreaths are not allowed. Students are allowed to have small artificial trees in their rooms but they must be marked UL-approved and fire resistant.
  • Only nonflammable or fire-retardant holiday decorations may be used.
  • Electric miniature lights are permitted, but are limited to two strands per resident per room or less as listed on the manufacturer instructions. 
  • All electrical decorations must bear the UL label and should only be used as rated for indoor applications.
  • All cords and lighting strings should be checked for fraying, bare wires, loose connections and cracked plugs. Use only UL-approved surge protectors with built-in overload protection (breakers).
  • Doors shall not be gift-wrapped. Excessive decorations or decorations made of highly flammable materials (crepe paper, leaves, etc.) are not permitted.
  • Decorations will not be attached to, blocking or suspended from sprinkler pipes, smoke detectors, electrical systems, ceilings, stairways, exit signs, exits, or anything that would block hallways or exits.
  • All lights and decorations should be kept away from all combustibles.
  • All decorations must be turned off before leaving the room.
  • All decorations must be removed before leaving for Winter break.

Thank you for decorating responsibly and safely! If you have questions or concerns regarding holiday decorations, please contact your Resident Assistant and/or Community Director.