Depending on the event, decorations can be a key element. Please remember the following when purchasing, making and setting up decorations.
Reference: Chapman University Fire Prevention guidelines in Section 8 - Fire Prevention
Decorations should not violate any fire or safety codes.
- Avoid using flammable paper (ex. posters, butcher paper to cover walls, streamers). Fire-retardant paper is available.
- Do not block doors/fire exits
POSTING AND FACILITIESContact: Facilities Management - (714)-997-6658
- Ensure that cords (ex. electrical & extension cords) are taped down so that people do not trip. Decorations should not leave marks on the walls or surfaces to which they are attached (example; pin holes, tape marks).
- Hanging decorations from light fixtures and ceilings can be hazardous. Contact Facilities to ensure safe hanging of decorations.
INAPPROPRIATE AND/OR OFFENSIVE
Contact: Diversity & Equity Initiatives - Erin Pullin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (714) 628-7242
- In choosing a theme and decorations, make sure that it is respectful of people’s cultures, backgrounds, identities, and beliefs. If you have any uncertainty, you may contact and discuss this with Student & Campus Life.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Health: Health Services - (714) 997-6851
Safety: Risk Management - Allan Brooks, email@example.com, (714) 532-7794 or
- Smoke machines can set off fire alarms
- Strobe lights can cause seizures
- Laser lights can cause stress related health issues (PTSD, flash backs, etc.) Helium tanks can be purchased at party supply stores such as Party City.
- There are many handling and safety issues when using helium tanks. Contact Karen Swift, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (714) 628-2888 for questions and concerns.
- For more information on helium tanks reference American Party Rental’s helium tank precautions page.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNSContact: Sustainability Manager - Mackenzie Crigger, email@example.com, (714)-997-7370
- Reduce paper waste – reduce what you purchase, minimize throw-away decorations
- Reuse - recycle decorations from past events, share decorations with other event planners, avoid theme decorations that will not be usable again
- Do not release balloons outside.
- Reference Waste Management of Orange County to determine materials that are recyclable.