The holidays are typically a cheerful time of year and often come with decking the halls and eggnog. Since many of us would rather be at home than working, we often like to decorate our workplace to feel festive all day long. This is especially true for nurses, doctors and other staff in healthcare settings who want to help their patients feel more at home during the holidays.
While it may be our first instinct to decorate our offices, hospitals, or any other facilities for the holidays, it’s also important to ensure decorations aren’t posing a potential threat to the facility or your life safety systems. Ensure your facility is safe this holiday season by following these fire safety tips:
Keep Your Fire Doors Functional
If your facility is beginning to decorate, it’s important to ensure that none of these items are inhibiting your fire doors from functioning properly, especially if there is an emergency. Often times during the holidays, we will see fire doors wrapped in colorful wrapping paper, but NFPA 80
states that any signs placed on a fire door should be informational in nature, and should not exceed 5% of the area of the face of the door. This means that any decorations, lights, signs, ornaments are prohibited from being placed on fire doors, as they are recreational and not informational. Maintain fire door compliance all year long by reading more on our blog on what you can hang on your doors.
Placing decorations on exit doors can also pose a threat during an actual emergency if occupants in the building need to find a means of egress. It can be confusing to know if the door is a fire exit if it has been disguised with decorations. It’s also important to remind facility employees to keep the pathway in front of a fire door or exit clear, free of any holiday trees or large ornaments or wrapped gifts.