I received the poem below from Jeff Clouse, Safety Officer at Baptist Health in Lexington, KY. He says it is his way of using humor with the staff of his hospital to stay compliant with the Life Safety Code during the holiday decorating season.
‘Tis about a month before Christmas, and all through the halls,
I endeavor to walk, inspecting the walls.
Looking for wreaths made of twigs, and Santas of paper,
Don’t hide them from me, I will solve the caper.
Fake snow, pine cones and *gasp* open flames,
Get rid of these things; I will not play games!
Hang nothing from sprinklers, do not block the exits.
If you do, I’ll call Santa then for you…NO PRESENTS!
No real trees, no branches, no needles of pine,
Just please help me out, and save all the whine constructive input.
If these things spark up and begin to smoke,
It’ll be hard to get out, and that’s not a joke.
Now I’m almost done, but I need to mention,
Bring no cords here, not for extension.
Lights can be used, plugged right in the wall,
But not if they’re hot and stretch across the hall.
I’m not being mean; my heart’s not of stone,
But I just can’t leave those fire regulations alone!
And, hey, listen up, don’t be filled with woe,
Fire retardant decorations you can have; that’s the way to go!
Great people you are, be safe, that’s the trick,
Keep helping and healing our weary and sick.
I care, too; and that is the reason,
I want us to be safe, this entire holiday season!
Do you use something unique to reinforce your decorations policy?
If so, send it to me and I’ll place it in the blog for all to see.