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Space Heaters

CWRU recognizes that individuals have different levels of comfort associated with temperature. The use of electric heaters as a temporary measure is permitted, if the following guidelines are followed: 

  • Space heaters are not allowed in any of CWRU’s Residence Halls.
  • Electric space heaters is recognized as a temporary measure, Facilities Management should be contacted if there is inadequate heat in any work area. Space heaters should not be the first course of action, please contact 216.368.2580.
  • Where permitted, owners/users of space heaters are responsible for their proper use.
  • Space heaters must be electrically powered, (fuel powered or propane space heaters are only permissible in construction sites, upon approval of the EHS Department).
  • Space heaters must not take more than 110 volts of electricity to operate.
  • Any space heater used must be currently UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or FM Global approved.
  • Approved space heaters must be fan driven. Space heaters with heated coils are not permitted.
  • Space heaters must have a thermostat that shuts off the unit once a certain temperature is reached.
  • Space heaters must have tip-over protection. If the space heater is knocked over for whatever reason, the unit will shut off automatically.
  • Space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall receptacle never into a surge protector or extension cord.
  • Space heaters must always be turned off and also be unplugged, when the area is not occupied. When unplugging, pull by the plug and not the cord!
  • Space heaters should be checked periodically by the user to ensure there are no frayed cords or missing guards. Any repairs to space heaters must be done by a qualified person.
  • Do not operate space heaters with a damaged electrical cord.
  • Do not run space heater’s electrical cord under carpeting or throw rugs.
  • Space heaters shall not be used in bathrooms, laundry areas or other areas where water is present.
  • Space heaters shall not be used in areas where flammable materials are stored or used.
  • Space heaters should be located in plain sight and never block an exit or be a trip hazard.
  • Space heaters must be kept at least three feet away from any combustible material (paper, coats, bookshelves, trash cans, etc.). Nothing should ever be placed on top for any reason.
  • Other types of heating elements (hot plates, toasters, ovens, etc.) should never be used for heating.
  • CWRU’s EHS Department reserves the right to inspect and declare a space heater to be unapproved.