Portable heaters are to be used only when the central heating system is malfunctioning and/or a comfortable temperature cannot be maintained, and only after written approval by the Campus Fire Marshal.
Procede with the following steps to get using a portable heater approved:
1. Submit a service request at the location; indicate your location and concern (i.e. too cold at start of day). The shops can come take a look and make sure that the systems are working the best they can. If there is a problem that can be fixed without needing space heaters, it would be best to address the concern this way first.
2. The electrical systems, in most cases, are not designed to handle the additional loads. Performing electrical load calculations allows for an approved portable heater to be selected. Select a UL Listed portable heater. Submit the electrical load calculations, portable heater model, and description of portable heater placement to the Campus Fire Marshal at Zachary.Niehues@colorado.edu
There is often a desire to increase the posted classroom capacities to accommodate additional students. There are several specific building/fire code issues to consider in this situation:
Several additional items commonly encountered when reviewing classroom capacities:
Generally there is flexibility to increase capacities by several students. However, there is a limit to that flexibility within the framework of the above-mentioned criteria.