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HOLIDAY DISPLAYS IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, EDUCATIONAL USES, AND PLACES OF ASSEMBLY

UNIFORM FIRE CODE - N.J.A.C. 5:70-3.2(a)

F306.6 Holiday displays: Seasonal displays of trees and wreaths in all buildings covered by the Uniform Fire Safety Act, P.L. 1983, c.383, shall be maintained in a safe, proper and sanitary condition in accordance with the fire safety standards set forth in this section and as required by this code.

F3136.6.1 General limitations: Any person dis­playing holiday trees and wreaths shall ensure that the display satisfies

The following requirements:

1. Holiday trees and wreaths shall not be allowed to obstruct corridors, exits or other means of egress nor be placed near any stairway or elevator shaft.

2. Holiday trees and wreaths shall not be used for decorative purposes in show windows or other parts of buildings in such a quantity as to consti­tute a fire hazard unless such material is flame-proofed in an approved manner.

3. Holiday trees and wreaths shall not he locat­ed near any heating vent or other fixed or portable heating device which could cause the greenery to ignite or dry out prematurely. In addition, the use of open flames such as candles, lanterns, kerosene heaters or gas-fired heaters on or near holiday trees is prohibited.

4. No flammable decorations, combustible tree skirts or decorative gift packages may be placed on or under or around holiday trees. This restriction does not apply to a live or natural cut tree dis­played in a sprinklered building.

5. Only electric lights approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or other approved electrical test­ing agency may be used on a tree. Such electric lights shall not be decorated with paper or other combustible materials unless such materials shall have first been flame proofed.

F306.6.2 Natural cut trees: Natural cut trees, which include blue spruce, scotch pine, Douglas fir and other similar evergreen trees generally used in holiday displays, shall he permitted in any building covered by this code if the trees arc located in areas protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system, or meet the flame resistance requirements of NFPA 701 listed in Chapter 44.

1. Natural cut trees used in buildings covered by the Uniform Fire Safety Act, P.L. 1983, c.383 shall be placed in an appropriate clean tree stand.

2. Loose needles and other debris shall be re­moved from the natural cut tree before it is dis­played in the public or commercial building.

3. The water level in the tree stand shall be checked daily and additional fresh water added at regular intervals to ensure a water level sufficient to prevent the tree from becoming dry.

4. A fresh cut tree, which becomes dry and brit­tle, with brown, falling needles shall he promptly removed from the building.

F306.6.3 Live trees; Live trees include any con­tainer grown balled and burlaped or balled and pot­ted tree that has been uprooted, its roots protected by an earthen ball and maintained in a fresh, hardy condition. Live trees shall be displayed in a manner that does not allow the tree to become dry, and any tree which becomes dry, brittle, or show signs of dying, shall be removed from the building.

F306.6.4 Holiday wreaths: Holiday wreaths shall be permitted in any building but such wreaths shall not exceed 10 percent of the aggregate wall area of any room or space.

F306.6.5 Powers of enforcing agency: The appro­priate enforcing agency or fire official shall approve the placement of a live or natural cut tree in a public or commercial building, may limit the number of trees in any building, and may order the removal of a tree from a building or occupancy if the fire official determines that the condition of the tree poses a safety hazard.


UPDATED 11/2006

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