Holiday fire Safety Information
Stanford University Environmental Health & Safety


  • May not obstruct or conceal (in whole, or even in part) any emergency routes, signage, or devices — such as exits, exit lights, fire alarm pull boxes, fire hose cabinets, fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, etc.
  • Must be made from non-flammable material, or treated with a flame-retardant solution or process approved by the State Fire Marshal.


  • All holiday trees must be kept out of corridors, and away from doorways and heat sources.
  • Cut trees must have a tag showing that they have been flame-retardant treated. The tag must include: the name and registration number of the chemical used, the name of the applicator, and the date of treatment.
  • Cut natural trees must be kept in water at all times to slow the natural drying process.

    Approved Tree Lots -Licensed by the State Fire Marshal's Office for Flame retardant application

    • Kiwanis Club, Stanford Stadium, Stanford
    • Barron Park Nursery, 3876 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
    • Grandpa's Christmas Trees, 2780 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


  • Lights must bear the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal of approval.
  • Be certain that there are no loose sockets, and that wires are not frayed or damaged. Do not run wiring through doorways, under carpeting, or through holes in walls.
  • Do not use zip cord extension cords — we recommend using a multiple outlet power strip, with an internal circuit breaker. Never plug one extension cord into another.
  • Always turn the holiday lights off when you leave the building.


Also... Please Remember
  • Candles and open flame devices are not permitted.
  • Do not decorate the corridor with wrapping paper.
  • Dispose of all decorations, trees, and wrappings immediately after the holidays by taking them to campus dumpster areas.
From Joseph Leung, Stanford Fire Marshal
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Updated 11/29/99