Space Heaters

The University of Richmond 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 in administrative and academic buildings.

Guidelines are as follows:

  • Space heaters are not allowed in University housing.
  • Any space heater must be UL approved
  • Space heater must have a thermostat that shuts unit off when a certain temperature is reached
  • Space heater must be electrically powered; Fuel powered or propane space heaters are not approved
  • Space heater must have a tip over shut down feature; If a space heater is knocked over, the unit must automatically shut off
  • Space heater must be kept at least three feet away from any combustible materials such as files, curtains, and trash cans
  • Space heater shall not be placed under desks or in other enclosed areas
  • Nothing shall be placed on top or touching a space heater
  • Space heater must be turned off and unplugged when the area is not occupied
  • Space heater should always be plugged into a wall receptacle
  • Space heater must be kept in good working condition
  • Read and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions

The University of Richmond Department of Safety Services and Risk Management reserves 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 codes.