13 Fire Safety Guidelines Environmental Health and Safety Candles and Open Flames Candles are a common cause of accidental fires, and are not allowed without prior approval. Open flames, whether in a laboratory, kitchen or shop area, must always be attended and kept away from combustible and flammable materials. Approval from EH&S must be obtained whenever working with open flames outside of designated laboratories, kitchens or shop areas. See the Iowa State University Candles and Open Flames Policy for more information. Fireworks, Pyrotechnics, and Flame Effects The use of fireworks, pyrotechnics and flame effects is prohibited on campus unless approved as specified in the Iowa State University Fireworks, Pyrotechnics and Flame Effects Policy. Smoking The ISU campus was designated smoke-free on July 1, 2008. For more information, see the Iowa State University Smoke-Free Campus Policy. Arson Arson fires do not have to be intentional. The illegal use of fireworks maybe considered arson. Arson is one of the leading causes of fire. Arson is defined as the malicious burning of another’s house or property, or in some statutes, the burning of one’s own house or property, as to collect insurance. There are several ways you can prevent arson, including: • Reducing easy targets for supplying fuel for fires. • Maintain proper housekeeping. • Emphasizing security measures / follow building security measures. • Keep unauthorized persons out of offices, laboratories, or other work areas.