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vballmom 11-05-2013 12:52 PM

Safe but ugly
Visit from the fire marshall today. All background bulletin board paper must come down. We can still put up artwork but no background paper. Hallways won't be as inviting, but we will make it work.

grav_def 11-05-2013 12:59 PM

Can you paint the bulletin boards? I've seen ones where the cork itself is painted. Not so easy to change out the colors, but it looks a whole lot better than bare ones!

LivieLou 11-05-2013 03:17 PM

Our inspection is tomorrow. I am nervous to see what they are going to say. I teach in a very old building and there is a lot of things that may have to go. :(

kster 11-05-2013 06:41 PM

I have heard many people talk about this but I have never had this happen...never seen or heard anything about the fire marshal or reports or anything. Is that weird?

kklteach 11-05-2013 07:41 PM

Same thing happened...
We painted our hallway bulletin boards--it made a big difference, and we don't have to put up the background paper anymore, which saves time :).

Sbkangas5 11-05-2013 08:41 PM

Can you use fabric?

readerleader 11-06-2013 07:56 AM

After using seasonal table cloths in my room for many many years, the fire inspector decided this year to ban them. Yet, I see classrooms with all kinds of furniture from home, lamps, stuff draped all over, and nothing is said about that!

RetiredKat 11-06-2013 11:01 AM

Find out from the fire marshall if fabric that has been sprayed with a fire retardant would be allowed. If so choose a neutral color. It still puzzles me that the background paper is considered more flammable then the papers posted on them. We were required to spray curtains used to cover shelves yet had tons of paper in the rooms.:confused:

sweetp422 11-16-2013 07:57 AM

Ol' School
In our district, the fire marshals are very strict with older schools. Soft furnishings must be clearly labeled by the manufacturer as being flame retardant. At one time, we were able to treat soft furnishings with a special spray. That is no longer allowed. On the flip side, the newest schools can't put anything on their newly constructed walls. Old schools can have 10% of the walls covered. Nothing can hang from the ceilings in any of our schools.

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