|Title:||Use Of Space Heaters in University Buildings|
|Policy Owner:||Environmental Health & Safety/UConn Fire Department|
|Applies to:||Faculty, Staff, Students, Others|
|Campus Applicability:||Storrs and Regional Campuses, and the Law School|
|Effective Date:||February 6, 2012|
|For More Information, Contact||Division of Environmental Health and Safety|
|Contact Information:||(860) 486-3413|
University building occupants should first contact Facilities Operations Work Order Control (6-3113) to request assistance in adjusting the temperature of an area. If Facilities Operations personnel determine that the work area cannot be heated to the satisfaction of the occupant(s), the temporary use of space heaters will be allowed with the following exceptions:
Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Conduct Code.
Effective Fall Semester 2003, all other space heaters currently in use must be taken out of service. Department-owned heaters must be turned in as surplus to Central Storrs. Privately owned heaters must be removed from the University.
Safe Use and Care
- BEFORE OPERATING A HEATER, ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.
- To prevent overloading an electrical circuit, a space heater must be plugged into a circuit that is rated for 15 amps or more.
- Always turn off a heater and unplug it when you leave the office. NEVER leave an operating heater unattended.
- Before use, ensure that the heater is clean and not covered with dust. The cord must be in good condition and not frayed.
- NEVER use an extension cord or power strip with a space heater. It should be plugged directly into a permanent wall outlet (receptacle). Exception: Radiant Panel heaters may be used with extension cords or power strips rated for 15 amps or more.
- Never run a power cord under a carpet or floor mat.
- NEVER use a heater where flammable materials or vapors may be present.
- Do not use space heaters under desks or in other enclosed spaces.
- Do not place a heater near combustible materials such as papers, fabric, plastics, or office furniture.
- Do not place a heater in or near wet areas or in high traffic areas such as exit ways.
- ALWAYS maintain safe distance clearances around space heaters, as directed by the manufacturers’ instructions.
- Inspect space heaters at least annually and have them repaired, as needed, by a qualified electrician. Heaters that cannot be repaired must be discarded with the plug cut off to prevent inadvertent use by others.
- Avoid placing space heaters near room thermostats.