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Pasadena Fire Department 2016 Christmas Tree Guildelines for Public Display

Pasadena Fire Department 2016 Christmas Tree Guildelines for Public Display

FIRE DEPARTMENT CHRISTMAS TREE GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY 

PASADENA, Calif.--Christmas 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.  

The Pasadena 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:  

  • Flame retardant, applied by an operator licensed by the California State Fire Marshal's Office, is required for all holiday trees in public buildings.  
  • Per the fire code, trees and other decorations cannot block or obstruct any exit way or pedestrian path of travel. 
  • The 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.  
  • Candles are prohibited on trees and wreaths.  
  • Wreaths must be properly treated with a flame retardant approved by the State Fire Marshal's Office and so tagged. 
  • Support 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. 
  • The 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.  
  • No readily combustible materials may be placed on, under or within four feet of the maximum horizontal projection of any tree, including live specimens.  
  • No tree may be displayed for more than 30 days. 
  • Only 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!  

Happy Holidays!  Celebrate responsibly and always designate a driver.  For more information call (626) 744-4655. 

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Posted: 11/23/2016 10:00:00 AM
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