Q: I enjoyed your recent post regarding Christmas decorations. However, can you please simplify for me the rules on Christmas decorations in hospitals? The percentages are a little confusing, I think. Thank you very much.
A: Not to be a smarty-pants, but here is a simple interpretation:
DON’T ALLOW ANY DECORATIONS!
I know that would not be very popular, but that would be the safest and easiest. But here is another way of looking at decorations:
- If your building is fully sprinklered, the LSC permits up to 30% of the walls and ceilings to be covered with combustible decorations.
- Combustible decorations that are not mounted to the walls or ceilings are not permitted (i.e. Christmas trees)
- Decorations that are not attached to the walls or ceilings must be flame retardant
- NFPA 70-2011, Article 590.3(B) does permit UL listed extension cords to be used on holiday decorations for up to 90-days.
- All electrical decorations must be UL listed