DEPARTMENT CHRISTMAS TREE GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY
trees are among the most flammable items in homes and businesses at this—or
any—time of the year. A dry tree may
literally explode and be consumed by fire in a matter of seconds.
When holiday trees
are placed in any area where the public may gather, the California Code of
Regulations requires that they be treated with a flame-retardant solution or
process approved by the State Fire Marshal.
Fire Department, www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire,
requires the following regulations shall be observed for use of Christmas trees
in areas of public assemblage, including schools, institutions, retail stores,
public areas in hotels, apartment houses and office buildings:
retardant, applied by an operator licensed by the California State Fire
Marshal's Office, is required for all holiday trees in public buildings.
the fire code, trees and other decorations cannot block or obstruct any exit
way or pedestrian path of travel.
tree shall bear a tag approved by the California State Fire Marshal's Office
indicating the date, type of retardant, name of the concern that applied the
retardant and the license number.
are prohibited on trees and wreaths.
must be properly treated with a flame retardant approved by the State Fire
Marshal's Office and so tagged.
devices holding the tree in an upright position must be of a type that is
stable and of adequate size to avoid tipping over of the tree and must be capable
of holding enough water to cover at least two inches of the tree trunk.
bottom of the trunk must be immersed in at least two inches of water at all
times. Immediately prior to immersion, the trunk must be cut off at least one
inch above the original cut.
readily combustible materials may be placed on, under or within four feet of
the maximum horizontal projection of any tree, including live specimens.
tree may be displayed for more than 30 days.
use electrical lights that are UL listed for use on indoor trees. The Fire Department recommends using LED or low-heat
mini-lights for all trees, saves on power too!
Holidays! Celebrate responsibly and
always designate a driver. For more
information call (626) 744-4655.
Nov. 23, 2016
News Media Contact: Lisa Derderian
(626) 744-7276 (office)
(626) 945-5169 (cell)