Portable space heaters not approved by the Office of the University Fire Marshal must be removed. If university funds are used to purchase space heaters they must be purchased through the stock room. The use of space heaters is prohibited in residence halls and student living facilities.
a. Test Laboratory Approval: Space heaters must display a nationally recognized testing laboratory seal of approval such as Under Writers Lab (UL) and Factory Mutual Insurance.
b. Automatic Tip-Over/Shut-Off Function: The heater must be equipped with a safety tip-over shut-off function. This function will cause the appliance to automatically shut off if the heater should become overheated or is accidently tipped over.
c. Energy Usage: Heaters may not produce more than 1500 watts of heat or require more than 120 volts or 12.5 amps of power to operate.
d. Extension Cords Prohibited: Space heaters may not be used in conjunction with an extension cord, and must be plugged directly into the wall electrical outlet.
II. Heater Placement:
a. Keep electrical cords, drapery, furnishings, and all combustibles at least 3 feet (36 inches) away from the front, sides and rear of the heater. A greater degree of supervision and monitoring is required when heating appliances are in use.
b. Heaters may not be used in rooms where flammable liquids and gases are being used or stored.
c. Heaters must be turned off and unplugged from the outlet daily for safety and to conserve energy.
d. Do not leave heaters unattended.
III. Prohibited From Use:
a. Space heaters are not allowed for use in Residence Halls, Greek housing facilities, or locations where sleeping quarters have been designated.
b. Space heaters not otherwise described in this policy are not allowed in university buildings unless approved by the University Fire Marshal.
c. Space heaters having exposed heat coils and are not protected by a heat grate
or screen are prohibited from use.