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Stay Safe This Holiday Season

As you prepare for this year’s holiday season, take a moment to review the following safety precautions to ensure a happy and safe holiday season for you, your co-workers, and your family and friends:

Go Artificial

  • Columbia University policy prohibits live holiday decorations, including Christmas trees and wreaths, in all university buildings.
  • Candles, oil lamps, incense, and other flame-producing items are prohibited at the medical center. Use energy-efficient LED holiday lights instead.

Power Responsibly

  • Avoid using extension cords. If you need to use an extension cord, make sure it has the UL-approved label and is of adequate gauge for the intended use. Do not run electrical cords beneath rugs or across work surfaces, and do not use frayed or broken cords. Unplug extension cords at night.
  • When using artificial trees, follow the manufacturer’s warnings regarding the use of electric lights. Lights on metal trees are not allowed.
  • Unplug decorative lights before leaving work and when the area is unoccupied.
  • Turn off computers, lights, and other non-essential office equipment when not being used.

Protect Your Space

  • Artificial decorations are not allowed in corridors and should never block fire equipment or emergency exits. Use ladders—not chairs, stepstools, or boxes—when installing decorations in high locations.
  • Close all windows, blinds, and doors at the end of each day, especially if you will be away from campus for an extended period of time.
  • Remove any holiday decorations before leaving campus for an extended period of time.

Stay Alert