Fire safety tips for the holiday break.
Fire safety tips for the holiday break.

UofL Fire Marshal Dwain Archer has released the following safety tips for students and employees to follow prior to leaving on holiday vacation.

  • Please do not decorate more than 33 percent of room doors and walls with decorative combustibles
  • Do not hang decorations on exit doors, ceilings, sprinkler heads, fire safety equipment, or hand railings
  • Do not run electrical wire between or beneath door jambs as this wire pinching may create excessive heat and cause a fire
  • Cut Christmas trees, hay bales, or other dried vegetation are prohibited for use inside university buildings
  • Use only electrical equipment including extension cords and Christmas tree lights, and other equipment  that bears Underwriters Laboratory (UL) approval tags or other recognized test laboratory designations
  • Before leaving for the holidays, disconnect space heaters, decorative lights, personal coffee pots, battery chargers, and other non-essential energy consuming appliances
  • Unblock exit paths in rooms, offices, and hallways and have no longer needed furniture and equipment picked up by Surplus Property
  • Lower office temperature thermostats to the holiday setting of 55◦F
  • At Home: Remember to install fresh batteries in each of your smoke detectors; there should be a smoke detector in each bedroom. Inspect your fire extinguisher and shake up the caked powder inside
  • Attempt to open bedroom windows to ensure that they have not been inadvertently painted shut
  • Water your live Christmas tree frequently

A wise man once said, “There are two things you should never leave unattended, those being newly poured concrete that needs to be leveled out before it dries; and food on the stove during its cooking process.”

For questions or comments, please contact Dwain Archer at 502-852-3473, or visit the fire safety website

Alicia Kelso
Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.