Tulane University

Holiday Decorations Policy

When decorating for the holidays in your work areas, please keep in mind the following University policy to maintain fire safe conditions and comply with all applicable codes as enforced by the State Fire Marshal:

1.  For fire safety reasons, only use artificial, flame-retardant, non-conductive trees with the
     following exceptions:

  • A “cut” tree, which has been treated with effective flame-retardant materials, can only be used in building lobbies.  All other locations are prohibited.  Written proof of flame-retardancy must be attached to the tree and a copy of this documentation must be available to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) or building management upon request.  These trees must be placed in water to retain maximum freshness and to discourage drying.  Check the tree and water level on an ongoing basis.
  • Also permitted is an “uncut” or living tree with its roots still attached.  These trees must be watered as required.

2.  Trees or decorations must not obstruct or reduce the width of corridors or exits.   

3.  The use of lit candles are prohibited unless the specific application is submitted in writing to OEHS and approved as in the case of a religious ceremony.

4.  No more than three (3) Underwriter’s Laboratories (U.L.) listed miniature light sets may
      be used to decorate approved trees.  Turn off lights when the area is unoccupied, i.e.,
      nights, weekends, and holidays.  

5.  Extension cords are discouraged.  However, if used for this temporary purpose, then only
     one cord is to be used.  It must be appropriately sized and U.L. approved.  It must not
     create a trip hazard and must not be placed through concealed spaces, doorways, or
     windows subject to closure.

6.  Flame-retardant, non-breakable decorations are recommended.  Furnishings or
     decorations of a highly combustible, flammable or explosive character may not be used
     for any type of display.

7.  Decorations must not be hung from smoke detectors, automatic sprinkler heads, or
     pipes, or in any way that obstructs the visibility of exits or EXIT signs.  In buildings
     equipped with automatic sprinkler systems, no combustible decorations are allowed
     within 18 inches of the sprinkler heads.

For questions regarding this policy, contact OEHS – Downtown at 988-2447 or 988-3996, OEHS – Uptown at 865-5307 or OEHS – TNPRC at extension 6653.  Have a safe and happy holiday season.

November 23, 2010  LJM


Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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