Space Heater Safety

When the temperatures drop outside, it can be tempting to bring your space heater to campus. However, there are some important safety restrictions you must consider prior to bringing a space heater to UNT. 

Before purchasing a space heater, contact UNT Facilities at 940-565-2700 to verify the following details:

  • Your area cannot already be made more comfortable with adjustments to the HVAC system
  • The electrical system in your building will support space heater use


Upon verifying those details, if you still wish to bring a space heater to campus, the space heater must meet the following requirements:

  • Operate on no more than 250 watts of power
  • Be electric
  • Be equipped with a tip-over, cut-off protection device 
  • Have the seal of an independent testing laboratory
  • Not exceed the circuitry limits, as evaluated by UNT Facilities
  • Be inspected and approved by the Emergency Management & Safety Services Fire & Life Safety Office (940-565-2109)


When using a space heater, always adhere to these safety recommendations:

  • Plug the space heater into the wall, NOT into an extension cord
  • Run the heater away from combustible materials, included desks and chairs
  • Keep the heater on a solid, flat surface, away from foot traffic
  • Keep heaters away from exits, so as to not impede egress
  • Turn off and unplug the space heater when you leave the room

Read the full space heater guidance here.