Indiana Fire Code Appendix IV-B Christmas Trees
Section 1 - SCOPE:
The use of natural or resin-bearing cut trees in public buildings shall be in accordance with Appendix IV-B.
Section 2 - OBSTRUCTIONS:
In all occupancies, exit doors, exit lights, fire alarm sending stations, wet standpipe hose cabinets and fire extinguishing devices shall not be concealed or obstructed by any decorative device. (675 IAC 22-2.2-509) Effective: April 30, 1998.
Section 3 - FLAME RETARDANCE:
Trees shall be properly treated with an approved flame retardant. Inherently flame retardant materials shall be considered approved decorative materials. Materials which have been treated with a product meeting the definition of flame retardant in Section 207 of this code may be considered approved decorative materials in the classification is verified by the Chief of the servicing fire department (IUPUI Fire Protection Services). The owner shall keep a copy of such verification on the premises. (675 IAC 22-2.2-509) Effective: April 30, 1998.
Section 4 - TAGS:
Trees shall bear a tag stating date of placement in the public building, type of flame retardant treatment used, name pf the person who applied the flame retardant, the name of the person affixing the tag, a permit expiration date and the name of the designated individual making daily tests.
No tree shall be maintained in a public building in excess of fourteen (14) days. (675 IAC 22-2.2-509) Effective: April 30, 1998
Section 5 - SUPPORT DEVICE:
The support device that holds a tree in an upright position shall be of a type that is stable and that:
- Does not damage or require removal of the tree stem base.
- Holds the tree securely and is of adequate size to avoid tipping over of the tree.
- Is capable of containing a two-day minimum supply of water, covering the stem at least 2 inches (50.8 mm), and the quantity specified in Table A-IV-B-1.
TABLE A-IV-B-1 - SUPPORT STAND WATER CAPACITY
Tree Height (feet)
Minimum Support Stand Water Capacity (gallons)
Typical Daily Water Evaporation Amount (gallons)
X 304.8 for mm
X 3.785 for L
X 3.785 for L
Up to 6 ½
6 ½ to 10
1/8 to ¼
¼ to ½
½ to 1 ½
Section 6 - BUTT CUT:
Prior to setting up a tree, the trunk shall have a fresh butt cut on a diagonal at least 1 inch (25.4 mm) above the original cut.
Section 7 - WATERING:
Hot tap water shall be used when first filling a support stand. The water level, when filled, shall be at lease 2 inches (51 mm) above the butt of the tree. The water level shall not be lower than the butt of the tree. If the water level should become lower than the butt of the tree, the tree shall be removed immediately or recut per Section 6 of Appendix IV-B.
Trees without flame retardance shall be sprayed with water prior to setup.
Section 8 - DRYNESS:
Trees shall be checked for dryness by the following method: Stand in front of a branch, grasp it with reasonably firm pressure and pull your hand toward you, allowing the branch to slip through your grasp. If the needles fall off readily, the tree does not have adequate moisture content, and shall be removed immediately.
Section 9 - OPEN FLAMES:
Candles and open flames shall not be used on or near a tree within a distance equal to the height of the tree.
Section 10 - HOLIDAY DECORATIONS:
Holiday decorations used in public buildings such as decorative lighting strings, decorative outfits and artificial Christmas trees shall be listed or labeled. All tree lights shall be turned off when the building is vacated. (675 IAC 22-2.2-509) Effective: April 30, 1998.
Section 11 - DAILY TESTS:
Trees shall be tested daily by a designated individual. The tests shall include a check for dryness in accordance with Appendix IV-B, Section 8, and adequate water level in maintained per Appendix IV-B, Section 7.
Section 12 - FIRE DEPARTMENT NOTIFICATION:
At lease two (2) working days prior to placing a tree in a public building the local fire department (IUPUI Fire Protection Services) shall be notified. (675 IAC 22-2.2-509) Effective: April 30, 1998.