‘Tis the Season! Holiday Decoration Safety

Help SMU enjoy the holiday season safely by following these standards for all indoor holiday decorations. Please contact the Office of Risk Management with any questions.

  • Do not interfere with fire and life safety systems. Decorations may not block, obstruct, or hang from sprinkler heads or piping, exit signs, emergency lights, fire extinguishers, or fire alarm pull stations.
  • Do not block exits. Hallways and doorways must be free of decorations, and cannot have cords running across them. Do not run cables under rugs or carpet.
  • Decorations should not cover more than 25% of the surface area of any wall.
  • Do not staple or nail decorations to the wall. Use tape instead. No decorations are allowed on the ceilings or hanging from ceiling tiles.
  • All electrical equipment and lights must be up to code. Electric decorations and lights must be UL listed and used in a manner that is compliant with the manufacturer’s recommendations and pursuant to rated application. Cords and strands must be free from damage, fraying, loose connections, or missing parts.
  • Do not plug lights into an overloaded circuit. A power strip with a fuse or integral circuit breaker must be used when extra outlets for tree lights are needed. Use of ground fault circuit interrupters is recommended. Multi-plug adapters are prohibited in university buildings. Extension cords are prohibited in residence hall rooms and apartments.
  • Unplug electric items when building is not in use. Do not just turn them off.
  • Live trees or garlands must be approved by ORM prior to use.
  • The use of candles and other open flames on campus is strictly prohibited except in specific circumstances. For more information, please contact ORM.
  • Efforts should be made to remove holiday decorations before personnel leave for the University Holiday closure.

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