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UTSA holiday safety tips: decorations, lights, candles

(Dec. 16, 2005)--It's that time of year again, and the holiday season calls for several reminders regarding safety at UTSA.

We all can help make this a safe holiday season.

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Holiday safety tips

  • If you decide to put up a real tree at home, be sure to keep it in a water stand and make sure it is sprayed with fire retardant.
  • Wreathes and trees using real evergreens are not allowed on the UTSA campuses.
  • If an artificial tree is set up, make sure it is made of fire-resistant material.
  • Be sure all decorative lighting is made with UL-rated lights; all lights must be turned off at the end of the day.
  • Electrical cords are not to pass under the door where they could get pinched and possibly short out. In all cases, electric extension cords are not acceptable; use only outlet strips with built-in surge protectors. Do not "gang" power strips (plugging one strip into another).
  • Personal space heaters must have an automatic shut-off sensor switch in case it is turned over.
  • Candles are not allowed at UTSA unless the wicks are removed. No lighted candles, please!

For more information on holiday decorations or other safety issues, contact the Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at (210) 458-5250.

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