Matt Oulman, Fire Safety Specialist
moulman@uidaho.edu
phone: 208-885-6525
fax: 208-885-5969
Environmental Health & Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030

PSS Units

EHS

Environmental Health and Safety
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2030
Moscow, ID 83844-2030
Phone: (208) 885-6524
Fax: (208) 885-5969
Email

PSS

Public Safety and Security
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162 
Moscow, ID 83844-3162
Phone: (208) 885-2254
Fax: (208) 885-9490

Emergency Mgmt

Emergency Management
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7179
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Risk Management

Risk Management & Insurance
875 Perimeter Dr MS 3162
Moscow, ID 83844-3162 
Phone: (208) 885-7177
Fax: (208) 885-9490
Email

Active in Emergencies
(208) 885-1010

Security Services

Security Services
875 Perimeter Dr MS 2281
Moscow, ID 83844-2281
Phone: (208) 885-7054
Fax: (208) 885-7001
Email

Holiday ornaments

Holiday Decorations

General Decorations

All decorations are required by fire codes to be non-combustible. Any decoration made of combustible material must be treated with a U.L. listed fire retardant.

Do not place decorations on doors leading to building corridors or within the corridor itself.

Care should be taken not to block access to exits or create tripping hazards in walkways.

All decorative lighting should be U.L. listed, and of the type that does not produce heat. You should be able to hold a bulb between your fingers without discomfort for an indefinite period of time.

The temporary use of extension cords is usually unavoidable. However, never leave decorative lighting energized during non-office hours. Do not run extension cords from one room to another, and never string cords across doorways or walkways.

Don't string cords together! If your decorative lighting is too far from an outlet for one extension cord to reach, move the decorations closer or don't use them.

Christmas Trees

1. Trees should be less than 5 feet in height and placed in common areas only (reception areas, meeting rooms, break rooms). Trees must never be placed near exit doors, exit aisles, or in corridors.

2. Trees are required to be treated with flame retardant.

3. A tag must be affixed to the tree when purchased stating the date of sale, type of fire retardant used for treatment, the name of the person who applied the treatment, and the name of the person affixing the tag.

4. A support device shall be used that holds the tree in a stable, upright position.

Support devices shall be of a type that:

a. Does not damage or require the removal of tree stem base.

b. Holds the tree securely and is of adequate size to avoid tipping over of the tree. The base should be a minimum of 6" in diameter for a 1 foot tree, and 2" additional width for every foot over 1 foot height. Wider bases are recommended.

c. The base must be capable of holding a minimum of 1/2 gallon of water, covering the stem at least 2 inches.

5. Use hot tap water for the initial watering. The stand must never be allowed to become dry of water. If the stand becomes dry, the tree should be removed from the building.

6. Trees can be checked for dryness by the following method:

Stand in front of a branch and grasp it near the trunk with a reasonably firm pressure, and pull your hand toward you, allowing the branch to slip through your grasp. If needles fall off readily, the tree does not have adequate moisture content, and should be removed from the building.

7. Decorate trees with non-combustible ornaments only. Never use paper, cloth or cardboard decorations.

8. Tree lights must be non-heat producing type (mini-lights) that are U.L. listed.

9. Trees should be placed in areas away from sources of ignition. Never place a tree near heaters, heat producing appliances, lighting fixtures, televisions, or computers.

10. Do not use electric lights on metal trees: light them with companion spotlights only.

11. Remove trees promptly after the holidays.