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Holiday safety tips from UofL Fire Marshal Dwain Archer

by UofL Today last modified Dec 07, 2009 11:25 AM

As offices begin to decorate for the holidays University of Louisville Fire Marshal Dwain Archer reminds everyone of fire safety habits and UofL policy and urges people to think green.

  • To prevent fires and conserve energy, Think Green: Before leaving each day unplug decorations, personal space heaters, coffee pots, battery chargers, desk lamps, and other non-essential energy consuming equipment.
  • Avoid decorating more than 25 percent of doors and/or walls with combustible materials.
  • Inspect electric cords periodically to detect frayed, pinched or damaged wire or plugs. Report damaged outlets to Physical Plant for repair. Discontinue use of all defective electrical equipment immediately.
  • Decorative or scented candles with wicks intact are prohibited on campus.
  • Cut Christmas trees, hay, straw and other dried vegetation are not allowed inside university buildings.
  • Use electrical equipment that bears the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or an approved test laboratory label.
  • Do not extend electrical power cords between door jambs or above acoustics ceiling tiles, or beneath floor carpets.
  • To prevent shock, do not place electrical equipment on wet surfaces.
  • Have enough light in exit hallways and stairs to allow safe passage at all times. 
  • Avoid wrapping stair banisters with electric lights or decorations that will prevent a firm grip by users and create possible trip hazards.

Direct questions or comments to Dwain Archer at 852-3473.

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