Portable Heaters

Space heaters pose serious fire and electrical hazards, and are not efficient from an energy use standpoint; therefore, the use of space heaters at NMSU is strongly regulated. NMSU has adopted through its performance contract temperature set-points and does not allow space heaters in offices, common areas, computer labs, personal work areas and conference rooms unless authorized and approved by the Facilities and Services Executive Director of Operations.

Portable space heaters are also discouraged in Student Housing, Sororities/Fraternities, and Dorms. Tenants shall notify NMSU Housing to submit an AiM Work Order to correct the temperature in the area

If NMSU cannot keep an area within the adopted temperature set point range a space heater may be approved temporarily

New Mexico State University Fire Department wants you to have a safe November by following a few helpful tips when using a space heater.

  • Space heaters shall be UL approved, have a tip over shut down, and have a thermostat that shuts off the unit.
  • Space heaters thermostats will not be set over 72 degrees.
  • All heaters must be kept at least 3 feet away from any combustible materials such as files, curtains, trashcans, etc.
  • Space heaters shall not be placed under desks or other enclosed areas.
  • Nothing shall be placed on top of space heaters.
  • Space heater must be unplugged when the area is not occupied. A daily check shall be performed at the end of each day to ensure the heater is unplugged.
  • Heater must be plugged directly into a 120-volt wall receptacle when in use. No extension cords will be permitted.
  • Do not operate heaters with damaged cords. Do not place cords under rugs or carpeting. Cords and heaters shall not block means of egress or exits. If a cord feels too hot to the touch, shut off the heater and discontinue use.
  • Space heater shall not be used in bathrooms, laundry rooms or other areas where water is present.
  • If the heater trips a circuit breaker, call Work-Order Desk immediately.
  • Space heaters are not permitted, under any circumstances, in laboratories, inpatient units, storage areas, or areas not actively occupied by people.


For more fire prevention tips go to : Fire Prevention Guidelines. Link: http://fire.nmsu.edu/fire-prevention-guidelines/ 

Stay warm and safe this winter season!



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