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Holiday Safety Precautions

More Rules! And just in time for the Holidays.  But in the interest of Safe and Happy Holidays for all, please follow these safety precautions

  • Because live Christmas trees can easily catch fire, the New York City Fire Department prohibits the use of live decorations in public buildings.   Combined with University policy, this includes ALL University buildings.
  • With very few exceptions, candles, oil lamps, incense, or other flame producing items are strictly prohibited everywhere on campus.
  • When using artificial trees, follow the manufacturer's warnings regarding the use of electric lights.   Lights on metal trees are not allowed.
  • Don’t locate trees or other decorations in exit corridors, and never block emergency egress from any room.
  • Securing decorations to fire sprinklers, smoke detectors or other fire equipment could hamper its operation.
  • As always, use caution not to block fire equipment.
  • Unplug decorative lights at night and when the area is unoccupied.   Only low-temperature mini-lights are permitted, and they must be UL approved.
  • Use of extension cords is discouraged.   If extension cords are used, they must bear the UL- approved label, and be of adequate wire gauge for the intended use.   No frayed or broken cords may be used.   Extension cords must be unplugged at night.
  • Electrical cords may not run beneath rugs or across work surfaces.   Make certain they're located so they do not become trip hazards.
  • Please remove all decorations before leaving campus for the holidays.
  • Use ladders - not chairs, stepstools, or boxes when installing decorations in high locations.   
    • If a fire should occur:
    • Report the Fire by dialing (212)305-7979 CUMC (212)854-2797 Morningside
    • Sound the building alarms
    • Close doors as you leave.
    • Evacuate the area or floor of Fire Origin