Residents must abide by the fire safety practices and regulations listed below:
- Candles, oil lamps, and incense are prohibited in the residence halls whether burning or not.
- Flammable materials may not be used in decorations. All materials must be fire retardant (proof shown by label).
- Decorations may not cover or obstruct light sources, heating/cooling sources, fire safety fixtures (sprinklers, smoke detectors, fire strobes, horns, or pull stations), access and security devices (card readers, cameras), air vents, electrical outlets, light switches, or fireplaces
- Access to windows and doors must be kept clear for emergency egress.
- Decorations should not block passage through a hall.
- All exit signs and exits should be visible and recognizable. No exit signs may be covered.
The following are prohibited:
- No more than three strands of approved lights may be strung together and must be plugged directly into an outlet or into a surge protector that is plugged directly into an outlet. Lights are not to exceed 100 watts per outlet.
- Items suspended from the ceilings, ceiling grids, ceiling tiles, light fixtures, overhead piping, or on or near water pipes.
- Items suspended from or attached to sprinkler heads.
- Real trees and greenery.
- Artificial snow and frost may not be used on the windows or elsewhere in the residence halls.
The following items are acceptable:
- Only UL approved tube lights and string lights are permitted.
- Artificial flame-resistant trees, garland, etc.
- Doors may be decorated. Decorations may cover no more than 50% of the door surface, and room numbers must remain visible.
Common areas may be decorated for 10 days. Decorations must be removed after 10 days or prior to periods when halls/houses are closed, whichever comes first.
- Any structure built must be at least four (4) feet from any wall at all points.
- No structures can be built with the intention of using it as a walkway, i.e. no bridges.
- The maximum length for string lights is 75’. (Follow the guidelines for lights listed above.)
- An 18” clearance from sprinkler heads is required.
- Decorative wall and door coverings (ex. wrapping paper) must be fire retardant.
- Not more than 30% covering on corridor walls.
- Decorations are subject to approval by the Area Maintenance Supervisor. Submit your plans to your Area Coordinator for AMS approval. Plans must include a list of:
- all products and materials to be used;
- how they will be displayed; and
- how they will be supported.
- All decorations and materials must be removed no later than 10 days after they were installed, and the area left cleaner than you found it.