Residence Hall Decorations

  1. No decorative material shall be used which will ignite and allow flames to spread over the surface or will allow burning particles to drop when exposed to a match flame test. The flame test will be applied to a piece of decorative material removed from the display and tested in a safe place. Plastic garbage bags and plastic tarps are examples of materials that fail the flame test, and they should not be used in decorations. Note 3 (below) describes how some material that fails the flame test may be used for decorations.

  2. Decorations shall not obstruct fire alarm devices or the operation of automatic sprinkler heads.

  3. Non-flame retardant materials may be treated with flame retardant. Satisfactory match flame test results must be obtained before such treated material is used.

  4. The following types of materials are recommended for use in decorations and displays, and can usually be found in local stores.

    a. commercially flame proofed crepe paper
    b. commercially flame proofed pomps (napkin size)
    c. latex base paints
    d. water color paints or water mixed powder paints
    e. poster paints
    f. commercially flame proofed fabrics
    g. flame proofed corrugated paper (available in colors)

  5. The following types of materials are strictly prohibited from use as decorations or displays.

    a. garbage bags or plastic drop tarps
    b. baled or loose hay or straw
    c. split bamboo
    d. cane poles
    e. pasteboard walls or partitions
    f. paper napkins, toilet tissue, paper tissue or other light, highly combustible paper products

  6. No decorations or displays may be placed so that it in any way obstructs an exit.

  7. Haunted houses or mazes are not permitted.

  8. Corridor lighting must not be reduced to the point that two exits can not be identified from a resident's room. Residents must be able to see the exit signs.

  9. Temporary wooden walls and partitions are not permitted.