Let’s face it – most of us spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week at work. So it’s natural we want ‘Christmas at work’ even if we don’t want Christmas day at work! Here are some guidelines for having a safe Christmas at work.
- Chose artificial Christmas trees for your Christmas at work, live trees will dry over time and can constitute a serious fire hazard.
- Choose one that it is made from fire resistant materials. Look for a statement specifying this protection on the packaging.
- Don’t block exits, traffic routes, fire safety equipment or electrical panels with your tree (or anything else)
- Candles and open flames – just don’t, use battery operated candles instead.
- Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings. Discard any damaged ones.
- Use only approved light strings per your local safety standards. Try LEDs – they produce little heat, are more efficient, and last longer. Then read and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- Do not overload extension cords! A maximum of 3 light strings can be connected to a single extension cord.
- Inspect extension cords before use for signs of damage; ensure they are not run under carpets or in areas where they may experience wear. Tape down any that may be a trip hazard. Dispose of frayed or damaged cords.
Decorations for your Christmas at Work
- Whenever possible, choose decorations that are non-flammable or fire resistant.
- Do not hang decorations on or near fire detection devices (sprinkler heads, smoke & heat detectors or fire alarm pull stations).
- Do not use decorations to block or disguise exit doors (i.e. wrapping a door to look like a present) – especially your emergency exits!
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