Environmental Health & Safety Department
This policy applies to all students,
and staff using portable heaters in any building that is owned, rented,
or leased by the university except residence halls. No portable
will be allowed under any circumstances in residence halls.
for the Use of Portable Heaters
Portable heaters may only be used on a
basis when there are problems with the central building heating
The heaters must meet the minimum requirements to be approved heaters.
If there is a central building heating
please notify the physical plant of the problem at 342-5170.
The approved portable heaters may be
when the building temperature cannot be maintained by the central
heating system at a comfortable temperature (68 degrees F or above).
Other use of portable heaters will
the written approval of the environmental health & safety
You may call the EH&S Officer at 342-5177.
Only portable heaters that meet the
requirements are allowed for use at the university. The
The heater must be electrically
The heater should be listed by Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) and/or
by Factory Mutual (FM). Tags or labels indicating the device has
been tested and approved by either of these agencies can be found on
electrical cord or die stamped on the heater itself.
The heater should have a thermostat
regulation. The thermostat will shut off the heater once the
temperature has been reached.
The heater must be a convection type
(fan driven). Approved for use are radiator type heaters filled with
or water/antifreeze mix. Heaters that use a ceramic element to
heat are also approved.
All heaters are required to have
shutdown feature so that if the heater is knocked over, the unit
The heater must be clean and not
dust. The cord must be in good condition and not frayed or
for Portable Heater Use
The heater must be located on the
Never place or store anything on the
Do not place portable heaters near
building heater thermostats.
Maintain adequate clearance around the
Adequate clearance is at least three feet from any combustible material.
The heater must be plugged directly
electrical outlet. No extension cords or power strips are allowed.
The heater must be unplugged (not just
off) any time the room or area being heated is unoccupied. Never
leave the heater unattended.
NOTE: This policy is applicable to most
situations, however, there will be some situations where the policy is
not appropriate. Portable heater use may not be appropriate in
buildings due to electrical problems, age of the building, fire life
building codes, etc. In these cases the physical plant and/or the
environmental health and safety officer may decide not to allow
heater use in these buildings.
Health & Safety Department
University of Louisiana at Monroe