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Tips for Campus Holiday Fire Safety

posted December 02, 1998

Campus Fire Marshal Eddie D'Andre reminds everyone that Christmas trees of any size brought to campus must be treated with an approved flame-retardant chemical, a service provided free by Physical Plant -- Campus Services.

Trees to be treated may be taken to the paint shop, Gate 1, 2000 Carleton St. If assistance is not immediately available, trees may be left with your name, department and phone number attached to the tree. Someone will contact you as soon as the retardant is applied, D'Andre says.

He also offers the following suggestions to ensure a safe holiday:

• Fasten trees securely to keep them from overturning and be sure they do not block exits.

• Don't use open flames (such as candles, lamps or torches) near a tree.

• Use only electrical appliances listed by Underwriters Laboratory. Don't use electrical lights or appliances on metal trees.

• Don't overload circuits. If fuses blow, reduce the number of lights and appliances before replacing them.

• Put rubbish and wrappings in covered metal containers and empty the containers as soon as possible.

• Don't use cellophane. There is no way to flame-proof it.

• If there is a fire on campus, pull the fire alarm and immediately call 9-911 to report the location.

• If fire extinguishers cannot control the blaze, walk rather than run to the nearest exit and get out.

For information on holiday fire safety, call EH&S Fire Prevention Division at 642-3073.


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