Candle/Open Flame Policy

Candles and open flames not only create a serious fire hazard, but also create a serious personal injury hazard. It is for these reasons that this policy has been established.

A. Candles, including incense candles, and open flames: prohibited in all University buildings including Residence Halls and apartments.

EXCEPTION: Lighted candles will be permitted for ceremonies and functions of religious, cultural, social, or honorary groups, as well as for catered events.

Lighted candles are not permitted in or with any decorations. Candles used by any religious, cultural, social, or honorary group, as well as for catered events including dining areas, must be extinguished immediately after the ceremony or function is complete.

Candles must be securely fixed in sturdy, approved candleholders, enclosures, glass hurricane type lamps, etc. Assistance with obtaining such candle holders and/or other fixtures can be obtained by contacting the Director of Environmental Health & Safety.

B. Open flames of any type, including candles, shall not be used in any assembly occupancy (spaces holding >50 persons) without the approval of the Director of Environmental Health & Safety. Open flames used in assembly occupancies must comply with the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code 101/13.7.2.

C. Food service operations (portable cooking equipment): food warmers must be placed on a non-combustible surface.

D. Laboratories: excluded from this policy but precautions must be taken to ensure safe operation procedures.

E. Sporting events: prohibited without approval from the Director of Environmental Health & Safety.

F. Open flames fueled by propane tanks are prohibited.

EXCEPTION: Gas barbecue grills are permitted but must be located exterior to the building. Propane tanks shall not be stored inside buildings without the approval of the Director of Environmental Health & Safety. Storage must comply with NFPA 58.

G. Bonfires/burning trash or construction waste: contact Director of Environmental Health & Safety for review/approval.

H. Pyrotechnic and open flame devices for special effects: contact Director of Environmental Health & Safety for review/approval. These must comply with NFPA 1126 and/or NFPA 160.

I. Individual departments reserve the right to implement additional guidelines.

Questions concerning this Policy may be addressed to Director of Environmental Health & Safety at 372-3524