K-state must comply with KDHE regulations and local rules for open burning. Follow these steps before burning anything outside:
- Only natural ground cover may be burned. It is not acceptable to store items for burning at a later date. Open burning must only be used as a way to remove brush and other acceptable items if no alternate removal can be used.
- Smoke and flying debris may not cross or contact public thoroughfares.
- Responsible persons must be present during the entire burn, be equipped with adequate fire fighting agents and be able to quickly communicate with emergency response personnel.
Please contact EH&S for additional information on open burning, alternative methods of disposal and obtaining permits.
Holiday decorations are often fire hazards. Follow these guidelines to improve fire safety during the holidays:
- Live Christmas trees in University buildings are prohibited by State law. Only fire resistant artificial trees are permitted.
- Do not place holiday decorations where they may block emergency egress (stairways, corridors, near doors, etc.).
- Do not wrap or cover the entire door with decorations.
- Only use decorations that are flame retardant.
- Practice good housekeeping by minimizing paper and other combustible decorations.
- Avoid using extension cords. If you must use an extension cord, use a heavy gauge, grounded cord and place it in plain view. Make sure the cord does not pose a tripping hazard or pass through doors or windows.
- Use FM or UL labeled electrical decorations.
- Do not light candles or use other decorations with open flames.
- Turn off lights when the room is unoccupied.