During the holidays, your home is more susceptible to fire than at any other time of the year. For your safety and that of your loved ones, we encourage you to follow the tips listed below when preparing for the holidays.
DECORATING AND SAFETY TIPS
- Trees or other decorative materials should not be located in any area where they may block corridors, exit passageways, fire exits, doorways, or ramps.
- All decorations should be flame retardant. Look for the California State Fire Marshal’s Seal of Approval on packages of decorative materials.
- If you plan to place any decorations outside on your door or patio, use command type removable strips to hang the decoration. Ensure any lights are rated for outdoor use.
- Decorating is one way many residents get in the holiday spirit. If you plan use holiday lights, plan to have them removed by January 6, when the academic quarter starts up again.
- Extension cords can create a fire and trip hazard. If you use extension cords locate one, long enough that you do not need to connect or daisy chain cords together. Additionally, extension cords, if used, should be equipped with LCD’ (Leakage Current Detection and Interruption) for circuit protection. This type of protection is available in Fire Shield brand extension cords and power strips available at most home improvement stores such as Home Depot.
- Due to fire safety hazards candles or other open flame devices are not permitted inside any on-campus residential buildings.
Holiday trees can be one of the most hazardous items you bring into your home or office. A dry tree can be totally engulfed in fire within three seconds, generating such intense heat that it can ignite the furnishings and wall and window coverings in an entire room in less than one minute. To view a video clip from the U.S. Fire Administration demonstrating how fast a tree can become fully engulfed in flames go to: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, holiday trees account for 400 fires, resulting in 10 deaths, 80 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage.
SAFETY AND YOUR HOLIDAY TREE
A holiday tree purchased from a lot or cut on a tree farm can remain relatively fire-resistant if you follow these simple steps:
Make A Fresh Cut
- Fresh cut trees should be treated with flame retardant before being brought to campus. This is a common service that is provided by most tree vendors licensed by the California State Fire Marshal. Many large tree vendors that offer services such as flocking also offer this flame retardant. Check with your vendor before you purchase your tree and be sure to request this additional treatment.
- Make a fresh cut at the base on a diagonal in order to open up pores clogged by sap. Cut off 2-3 inches. The fresh-cut surface should be creamy white. Otherwise, the tree will not be able to drink water.
- After the cut is made, put the tree in water immediately to increase absorption. Hot tap water should be used for the first filling.
- Choose a sturdy stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
- Rinse the tree stand with a mixture of one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting the tree. This rinsing reduces the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water.
- If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water in a cool place away from wind and sun.
- An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
- If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and the tree will absorb no more water. So don’t forget to add water every day!
Mini-Lights Produce Less Heat
- Holiday tree fires started by short circuit or ground fault account for $4.9 million in damage in the United States every year.
- Always check lights for frayed or cracked wiring and broken sockets before placing on a tree. Do not attempt to repair a worn light set. Throw it away and buy a new set.
- Avoid overloading circuits.
- Turn off tree lights when leaving the house or before going to bed.
- Miniature lights produce less heat and reduce the drying effect.
- NEVER use candles to light your tree!
Keep Away From Heat Sources
- Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, television sets or sunny windows. Keep rearranged furniture away from heat sources also.
- Be careful not to block a door with the tree or with rearranged furniture.
Remove The Tree Promptly
- After the Holidays, remove the tree from the house before it dries.
- Please place your tree at the nearest dumpster location.
More information can be found at http://www.ehs.uci.edu/gensafe/Home_HolidaySafety.pdf
Join us for an evening of healing and remembrance for those who have been impacted by suicide. You are not alone.
UC Irvine Counseling Center invites all undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, and staff of our UCI who have lost someone to suicide to join us on Friday November 22, 2013 at the Student Center Terrace Stage from 4-7pm.
Listen to survivors of suicide share their stories.
Learn from professionals & what we currently know about suicide & grief.
Engage in healing activities.
Connect with campus resources.
For questions please contact:
Dr. Negar Shekarabi
Event Website: http://sites.uci.edu/survivorsofsuicide2013/
Jeanne E. Manese, Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
203 Student Services I
Irvine, CA 92697-2200
The UC Irvine Department of Environmental Health and Safety will be performing annual fire alarm testing and exterior building inspections. This annual inspection is a state mandated requirement as highlighted in the attached letter.
Testing will definitely be performed between 9 am and 12 noon and if necessary will continue from 1pm to 3 pm. No testing will be performed from 12 noon to 1 pm. We will send an email to you when EH&S informs us that their work is completed.
All of the devices (3) in each apartment (36) and the pull stations will be tested. Each time a single device is tested, the alarms in ALL of the apartments in your complex will sound briefly (approximately 20-60 seconds). This means the alarms throughout the complex– IN EACH APARTMENT– will sound over 200 times during the testing period.
You are not required to be out of the building during the testing, but because of the repeated alarm noise, you may choose to not be in the building. The Verano Place Commons is available if you are looking for an alternative location to relax while the testing is underway. Pets are welcome, but must be in their carriers.
Please contact the Verano Place Housing Office if you have questions.
Jason A. Espinoza
Associate Director of Operations
This annual inspection requires 10 to 15 minutes to complete, housing staff will be focusing on items such as: furnaces(heaters), kitchen hoods, fire/life safety systems, fixtures, interior finishes, infrastructure, aesthetics, landscaping, lighting and other important preventative maintenance items. Proper maintenance of our facilities will not only extend their life-span, controlling repair cost furthers the housing commitment of affordable housing and ensures Verano Place housing provides quality residential facilities.
The Verano Place housing staff is committed to offering, affordable, well- maintained, sustainable apartment homes. In recent years, we have focused our resources toward capital improvements, furthering the life-span of the facilities. It is important that the community and the residences are maintained within an acceptable standard, ensuring Student Housings ability to meet the expectations of current and future occupants.
Thank you for your continued support, I realize Verano Place housing has initiated and completed several disruptive projects recently, though as housing facilities, building systems and grounds age, maintaining Student Housings ability to offer you an affordable, well-maintained residences within Verano Place requires that we understand the current and sustained condition of the facilities, common spaces and building infrastructure. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Jason A. Espinoza
Associate Director of Operations