Holiday safety tips from UofL Fire Marshal Dwain Archer
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.