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Just an FYI for any business or school in the State of Virginia. I just finished decorating for Halloween. The VA Fire Marshall showed up for a routine inspection. All the decorations on the walls such as spider webs and hanging ghosts and witches had to be taken down because they are not fire retardant.
Needless to say I had spent many days decorating and now was facing having to remove it all. I started to just go home at that point because I was beside myself. Instead, I stayed and began removing the spiderwebs and all the other things that were not fire retardant. Luckily, he forgave our misconception and did not write us up. Instead, he was nice enough to print out the code for me and erased it from the report.
So "beware" should you be a business, school, office, or anything else that has routine inspections and make sure your decorations are fire retardant before you put them up or you'll be working late (like me) to remove them or face a possible fine. Other states should look up the fire code before displaying items if you are not sure about the laws.
Ya know, I was really mad at first, but now thinking back we are in the business of keeping people safe and I don't disagree with the fire code that regulates our system. After all being in a safe environment is essential to any business be it school, office, or any other area that people are in. So when in doubt; check it out!
Source: VA fire Marshall
By Gem from VA
Great tip,even for those of us who aren't decorating in business/public places! The National Fire Protection Association also has a full-color flyer this year to remind all of us that there are hazards that can lurk around the corner on Hallowe'en--it's also geared toward kids and the .pdf is here:
Really timely and important info, Gem, a big thumbs up!
Sorry, but I think this is going TOO FAR! People decorate their offices or cubicles with items that are made out of the same materials that holiday decorations consist of, and they don't have to take them down because of fire codes. Every office in the world is packed with paper (files, forms, printouts, books, magazines, etc.), and other flammable items. I'm all for safety, but let's not get too carried away. We live with risks everywhere we go, every day. I think the fire Marshall was throwing his weight around and being a wet blanket.