According to the code, bulletin boards, posters, and paper attached directly to walls should only cover a specific percentage of the wall area. Adorning classrooms with material that's highly flammable or explosive in nature should also be avoided. The Life Safety Code also provides specific instructions for movable walls and partitions, paneling, and wall pads.
"The authority having jurisdiction shall impose controls on the quantity and arrangement of combustible contents in assembly occupancies to provide an adequate level of safety to life from fire," says NFPA Journal columnist Chip Carson. "Controlling combustible decorations is an important part of fire safety. The fall is a time of many celebrations, as well as the beginning of the school year, and enforcing the code requirements is necessary to keep everyone safe."
For more information about decoration requirements found in the Life Safety Code, read the column in NFPA Journal.