Environmental Health and Safety
Sponsoring groups that wish to use candles, incense, lanterns, oil lamps, or other open flame devices are strongly encouraged to use battery-powered candles. Use of candles and other open flame devices is subject to the following requirements on the Bowling Green campus of Bowling Green State University.
- Open flame devices can be used only in Olscamp Hall, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, and Prout Chapel subject to University Candle Policy requirements and the issuance of a Candle Permit.
- The sponsoring group or University department obtaining a Candle Permit is responsible for meeting provisions of the Candle Policy, which includes event-specific information appearing on the Candle Permit (such as type, numbers, and placement of devices).
- The Candle Permit must be requested at least ten business (10) days prior to the event. The Candle Permit must be signed by the responsible party no less than (3) days before the scheduled event.
- Open flame devices are not permitted in or with any decorations.
- Open flame devices are not permitted in areas used by occupants to stand, or in aisles or exit areas.
- An approved fire extinguisher shall be available in the immediate area where open flame devices are used.
- A person or persons who have been trained in the use of fire extinguishers shall serve as a fire watch throughout the event. This person will look for and correct potential fire hazards, activate fire alarms if there is a fire, and use portable fire extinguishers on small fires if this can be done safely.
- Open flame devices shall be extinguished immediately after the candle permit has expired.
- Persons that request a candle permit shall be responsible to assure that the candles are removed from the facility at the end of the event.
- BGSU Dining Services can provide candles or other open flame devices as part of catered events in Olscamp Hall, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, and Prout Chapel. The sponsoring group must obtain a Candle Permit before Dining Services can provide this service. Dining Services will use the following set-up:Candles will be securely fixed in sturdy candle holders or floated in water containers, and placed on a non-combustible surface.
- Candles will be surrounded by a hurricane lamp or by a similar non-combustible enclosure. The flame cannot be above or outside the enclosure.
- Incense (stick or cone) will be placed and secured on a sturdy, non-combustible surface, and surrounded by a glass hurricane type lamp or a similar non-combustible enclosure.
- Dining Services can use food fuel (e.g., Sterno) and candle warmers without a candle permit.
University departments may issue additional restrictions to the Candle Policy, subject to approval of the Fire Safety and Emergency Response Coordinator.
Direct questions to the Fire Safety and Emergency Response Coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety, Bowling Green State University, 419-372-2171.