Environmental Health and Safety
Portable Heaters and Halogen Lamps
The Bowling Green Fire Division prohibits the use of portable heaters in University owned buildings on the Bowling Green campus. The Firelands campus also prohibits the use of portable heaters. Portable heaters present a fire hazard and have caused a fire at BGSU. If employees experience cold temperatures in a University building, the department should contact Campus Operations work order desk (372-7647 or 372-2251) for the Bowling Green campus and Budget and Operations (372-0685) at the Firelands campus. Campus Operations or Budget and Operations will investigate temperature controls and make corrections if the system is malfunctioning. If the heating system is found to be operating according to its design, but employees are still uncomfortable, Campus Operations or Budget and Operations will provide a cost estimate to the department for installing a supplementary heating system such as an electric baseboard heater.
Bowling Green State University prohibits the use of quartz halogen lights in residential facilities and University offices on the Firelands and Bowling Green campuses. Halogen bulbs burn at 750 to 1200 degrees F, a much higher temperature than standard incandescent bulbs. Fires and fire-related deaths have occurred nationally when these bulbs came into contact with combustible materials such as clothing, curtains, bedding and upholstered furniture.