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Holiday and Special Event Decorations

Holiday and special event decorations are welcomed components of our celebrations and festivities. These basic safety guidelines will help to ensure that decorations are used safely.

Title 19 California Code of Regulations Article 3.08 ( states: In every Group A, E, I, R-1, R-2, R-2.1, R-3.1 and R-4 Occupancies all drapes, hangings, curtains, drops, and all other decorative material, including Christmas trees, that would tend to increase the fire and panic hazard shall be made from a nonflammable material, or shall be treated and maintained in a flame-retardant condition by means of a flame-retardant solution or process approved by the State Fire Marshal, as set forth in California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Division 1, Chapter 8. Exits, exit lights, fire alarm sending stations, wet standpipe hose cabinets, and fire extinguisher locations shall not be concealed, in whole or in part, by any decorative material. 

  • Keep all materials away from heat sources.
  • The use of open flame, such as decorative candles, is strictly prohibited.
  • Keep all decorations at least 18” away from fire sprinklers.
  • Electric lights must be tagged as having been UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed and marked for indoor use. Check for frayed wires, loose connections and/or broken or cracked sockets; damaged sets should be discarded. All electrical décor must be unplugged at the end of the work day. 
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.  Use power strips with built in circuit breakers.  Never use cube taps. If you must use extension cords, they must plug directly into a permanent outlet and may not be connected in series, and connect no more than three sets of lights per extension cord.
  • Protect the electrical wires from damage. Do not use nails or tacks to hang wires. 
  • Do not run wires under carpet, through doorways, or where they will be walked on (and become trip hazards).

Your cooperation in following these guidelines is greatly appreciated, and working together we can make our holiday celebrations and special event festivities safer for all!