Tis the season! Holiday decorations abound!
We see the store and window displays!
We decorate our home inside and out!
We see city decorations along our streets!
We all want to create a festive atmosphere in our homes and our workplaces, but we need to ensure that our homes and businesses, employees, customers, family, and pets, stay safe throughout the holiday season.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the holiday season shows a spike in injuries and fire-related incidents resulting from Christmas trees or decorations too close to a heat source, unattended candles, and fireworks.
Holiday decorations in the workplace must often follow very specific requirements.
Before putting up any holiday decorations, it is imperative that you review your business’ risk management guidelines. These guidelines may include detailed specifications such as the use of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) equipment or cold burning bulbs in holiday decorating.
But some other common guidelines may include:
1. Do not block high traffic areas.
2. Do not block or hang decorations from emergency or exit signs, fire safety equipment or
4. Use a buddy system when placing decorations in high places.
5. Check any electrical decorations for burnt out bulbs or frayed wires.
6. Do not overload extension cords or electrical outlets.
7. Use flame-retardant artificial greenery and electric candles versus live greenery and real
8. If you are using live plants, make sure they are well hydrated and kept away from any
heat sources. Also be aware of plants like poinsettias, which are poisonous to pets and
dangerous to children.
9. Limit your paper decorations and reduce or reuse gift-wrapping.
10. Turn off all electrical decorations before leaving for the day.
The use of artificial snow is a special concern. Check its flammability, as well as its potential flammability when sprayed on other decorations.
As you put out your holiday decorations, it is also a good time to review your emergency training procedures as well as to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Pye Barker Fire Safety will be happy to schedule an inspection or a fire training prior to or during the holidays, and wishes you a safe and festive holiday season