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UTSA holiday safety tips: trees, lights, heaters

(Dec. 5, 2008)--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. (View a recipe for making your live tree at home more fire safe.)
  • 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 a door where they could get pinched and possibly cause a short. 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!
  • Download the UTSA Fire and Life Safety Plan (PDF format), Annex H (for "holiday") for more UTSA standards for celebrating a safe and happy holiday season.

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

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