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Posted on: July 19, 2021

CODE REMINDER: Decorations in Assembly Buildings


With school starting back soon and vacation bible schools on the schedule, it is a good time to think about flammable decorations and the code that governs decorations in assembly buildings.

It is best to be careful by using flame resistant or flame-retardant decorations when getting ready for an end of summer or start of school event. No decorations are to be hung by sprinkler heads in sprinkled buildings as well as no paper products within two feet of the roof of non-sprinklered buildings.

Don’t use open flames and it is safer to use electronic lights for any decorations you require in your displays. Remember to keep doors and windows, means of egress to safety, free from decorations that would block the escape of attendees.

Also don’t block, or cover-up exit signs with decorations and don’t block corridors of egress with large decorations that would prevent possible escape in an emergency.

Just remember safety is a key to keep all events this summer for children a wonderful time. And that starts with a design of decorations to not occlude any of the safety measures put in place for the people occupying a building.

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