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Kansas State University

Special Considerations

Open Burning

K-state must comply with KDHE regulations and local rules for open burning. Follow these steps before burning anything outside:

  1. 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.
  2. Smoke and flying debris may not cross or contact public thoroughfares.
  3. 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

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.