Portable Space Heaters on Campus

Portable space heaters are a potential source of fire if not used properly. The Environmental Health and Safety Office has determined that due to the increased fire risk, space heaters are not permitted in University buildings.

If you feel that a University space cannot be adequately heated via the installed building heating (HVAC) system, the following needs to be done:

  • Contact UD Facilities Operations Desk at (302)-831-1141 to report the condition.
    • If Facilities deems the HVAC system inefficient in delivering the proper temperature to the space for a prolonged period, then Facilities HVAC may consider providing temporary heat that meets the approval of EHS and all applicable codes..

The University of Delaware’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety is a member of the National Fire Protection Associated. Data provided by the NFPA assists EHS in determining fire protection requirements in University buildings.