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Space Heaters

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

  • Where permitted, owners/ users of space heaters are responsible for their proper use.
  • Space heaters must be electrically powered. Fuel powered (propane, kerosene) space heaters are not permitted. Space heaters must not take more than 110 volts of electricity to operate.
  • Any space heater used must be currently UL (Underwriters Laboratory) approved.
  • Approved space heaters must be fan driven. Space heaters with heated coils are not permitted.
  • Space heaters must have a thermostat that shuts unit off when a certain temperature is reached.
  • Space heaters must have a tip-over shutdown feature. If a space heater is knocked over, the unit must automatically shut off.
  • Space heaters should always be plugged into a wall receptacle.
  • Space heaters must always be turned off and unplugged when the area being heated is not occupied.
  • Space heaters should be located in plain sight and clearly visible.
  • Space heaters must be kept at least 3 feet away from any combustible material.
  • Nothing should ever be placed on top of or touching a space heater.
  • Space heaters are not allowed in residence halls.
  • Hot plates and toaster ovens should never be used for space heating.
  • The Ohio University Department of Environmental Health & Safety reserve the right to inspect and declare "unapproved" any space heater that creates a hazard or is inappropriate to a particular location based on specific circumstances, or code and/or legal requirements.
  • Do Not use space heaters or any other electric appliance around water.


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