Campus Safety Alert – Building Fire Alarm Systems

A recent software update has affected the ability of campus building fire alarm systems to communicate with UCI Police Department Dispatch. The Office of Information Technology, Campus Police, and Environmental Health & Safety staff are working to resolve the issue. In the event of a fire alarm in your area, it is critical that you evacuate the building and then call 9-1-1.

Holiday Notices, Decorations in Common Areas

Good Morning,

Many residents have begun to put up holiday decorations; we love seeing the beautiful decorations from all different cultures and traditions. Walking around Verano Place we have noticed some decorations going up in common areas such as walkways, hallways, courtyards, and on grass, trees and bushes in the common areas.

Consistent with our general policy around use of common areas, decorations in these areas are not permitted. Common areas are for the use and enjoyment of the community at large.  These areas may not be used for resident storage, decorations, or planting and should be kept free of debris and personal items. Decorating in these areas can create fire and safety hazards, attract rodents, and interfere with planned grounds and operations work.  If you have placed decorations or other items in a common area (any space or facility other than the interior your apartment and private patio/balcony) please relocate them to your residence.

Below is information on using a shuttle service for winter break travel and holiday decorating and safety tips.

Please contact the Verano Place Housing Office if you have any questions.

RIDE THE HOLIDAY SHUTTLE FOR WINTER BREAK

UCI Transportation is happy to offer complimentary shuttle service to support your travel plans during the winter break. Service will be provided between the main campus and John Wayne Airport, and between the main campus and the Irvine Transportation Center (Metrolink/Amtrak Station).

The shuttle will depart UCI at set times on Thursday, December 8, and Friday, December 9. Return service will be available at set times on Sunday, January 8, and Monday, January 9. To review schedules and make reservations, see:www.parking.uci.edu/services/campus/holidayshuttle.cfm.

 

For questions regarding the Holiday Shuttle, please email rideshare@uci.edu. We look forward to easing your travel stress during the upcoming campus break.

 

HOLIDAY DECORATING SAFETY TIPS

Immediately following Thanksgiving, people start decorating their homes for the holidays. 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 2, 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 TREE SAFETY

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. Click here to view a video that illustrates what happens when fire touches a properly maintained, well-watered tree vs. a dry tree 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.

 

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.

 Initial Watering

  • 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.

 Water Daily

  • 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