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Friday, December 19, 2003


1 p.m.
Is there a Path to High Performance Reconfigurable Computing?
Costin Iancu
Bldg. 50A-5132


No Events Scheduled

Market Carvery: TBA
Fresh Grille: TBA
Menutainment: TBA
B'fast: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 - 7 p.m.

Helpful Tips for a Safe Holiday Season


Fire Safety

Christmas trees can be a significant fire hazard. To view a video showing how severe and rapidly a Christmas tree fire develops, visit

  • A freshly cut or potted tree has a higher moisture content than a pre-cut; making it less likely to burn. Cut about ½ inch off the trunk just before putting the tree in the stand, and then fill it with water. Water your tree daily, or as necessary to keep the base of the trunk submerged. Some Christmas tree farms offer the option to treat the tree with fire retardant.
  • If you prefer an artificial tree, choose one made of flame retardant or noncombustible material.
  • Secure the tree in a sturdy base to avoid tipping hazards. Avoid piling gifts in such a way that they come into contact with lights or power cords.
  • Avoid placing the tree next to the fireplace, wood stove, and heater or heat vent to prevent the tree from drying out.
  • Always keep plastic ornaments away from hot light bulbs. Styrofoam ornaments should be avoided. Both materials can ignite easily and cause a fire to spread rapidly.
  • Resist the urge to burn your tree in the fireplace. It can cause or increase the risk of a chimney fire due to the heavy sap content. In the interest of fire safety and the environment, take advantage of the tree-recycling program in your community.

Electrical Safety

Use of festive lighting both indoors, on the tree and outdoors attached to the house or landscaping can pose fire and electrical shock hazards.

  • All outdoor lighting must be rated for outdoor use; usually a label is affixed to the light stringer or printed on the stringer. This rating refers to the fact that the wiring is manufactured to a different standard of water resistance and mechanical protection.
  • Do not staple and/or nail this type of lighting as they may damage the insulation and cause a short circuit. Instead, use plastic hooks and hangers designed for this type of installation.

Rain becoming likely.
Highs: upper 50s (14° C).

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