Candles / Open Flame Devices - General Safety Program 1.14
McNeese State University
Vice President of Business Affairs
Office of Environmental, Health, Safety & Hazardous Waste
- Generally, the use of candles, incense, potpourri and other open flame devices such as lamps and lanterns, is prohibited in the University's academic buildings, offices, residence halls and housing.
- However, candles and open flame devices may be used subject to certain restrictions.
- Candles and / or open flame devices are limited to use during a religious, cultural, social or honorary event, as well as any catered function.
- An 'Open Flame Permit' (Section 7: Forms) must be obtained from the Building Coordinator at least ten (10) days before said ceremony or function is to be held.
- A copy of the permit will be sent to the University's Environmental, Health, Safety and Hazardous Waste Office.
- Approval will be granted for specific dates, times, and locations.
- Candles and/or open flame devices must be under constant supervision, not unattended while burning.
- An approved fire extinguisher shall be immediately available in the area and a person will be present who has been trained in its use, serving as a fire watch.
- Candles and/or open flame devices shall be lit only during the ceremony or function.
- Flames will be immediately extinguished at the conclusion of the ceremony or function.
- Candles and/or open flame devices must be kept in stationary, securely supported non-combustible holders.
- No candle or open flame device shall be placed in a polystyrene holder or decoration.
- Candles and/or open flame devices must not be placed on windowsills or other areas that are unstable; or, where they could come into contact with curtains or other hanging objects.
- Candles and/or open flame devices will not be permitted in areas where occupants are standing in aisles or exits.
- Readily combustible materials, including draperies and curtains, must be secured at least three (3) feet from an open flame.
- Candles and/or open flame devices must not be used in close proximity to heat or smoke detectors or sprinkler heads in such a way that the heat or smoke might activate the device.