Fire Marshal FAQs
Am I allowed to use a space heater?
Only if you have written permission from your dean or vice president. In January 2007, President Alchrecht signed the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, now USU Policy 525. If you have permission to use a space heater from the dean or vice president, be sure to use the correct type of space heater approved by the Fire Marshal and USU Risk Manager's office. Space heaters still account for 40 percent of the deaths and 30 percent of the injuries that are heat related each year in this country according to the U.S. Fire Administration Consumer Reports
All space heaters must meet the following requirements:
- Ceramic element and oil filled.
- Cannot exceed 1000 watts at its highest setting.
- A self limiting element temperature setting for the ceramic elements.
- A tip-over safety device.
- Built-in timer for hours of operation (time not to exceed 8 hours per setting).
- Programmable thermostat built into the space heater.
- Overheat protection (Thermal limiter).
No open-element or metallic-element heaters will be allowed in USU owned and leased property, and no fuel-fired heater, kerosene or propane, will be allowed in USU owned and leased property. It is important to note that the Fire Code does not permit space heaters to be plugged into extension cords or breakered outlet strips/surge protectors. they should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle. Propane- and kerosene-fueled heaters are prodigious heat producers. But because of their open flames, the risk of carbon-monoxide poisoning, and the hazard associated with handling the fuel, it's best not to use fuel heaters indoors.