The use of electrical equipment and appliances in the residence halls can pose serious safety hazards. Failing to follow these detailed guidelines can easily overload electrical outlets or damage the distribution system, and result in a serious electrical fire.

  1. Electrical appliances should be Underwriters' Laboratory (UL) approved and in good operating condition.
  2. The use of personal appliances should be limited to a radio, stereo, electric razor, small portable television, personal computer, clock, hair dryer, VCR/DVD player, and a small fan. Electric hair curlers and hot combs should be used with caution (only one plugged in at a time).
  3. Residence hall rooms are not designed or permitted to be used as kitchens as electric appliances used to prepare food present extreme fire safety hazards. Coffee makers and coffee pots which are equipped with automatic shutoffs, and micro-fridges are the only food appliances allowed in residential rooms.
  4. Refrigerators and micro-fridges must be adequately ventilated, 5.0 cu. ft. or less in size, and plugged directly into a wall socket or into a surge protected power strip, must have a maximum amperage at "start-up" of 3.2 amps and a normal operating amperage of 1.7 amps or less, and may not be placed in closets or use sulfur dioxide, ammonia, or propane.
  5. Only irons equipped with automatic shutoffs may be used in student rooms.
  6. According to New York State fire codes, extension cords and plug adapters are prohibited in residence hall rooms and apartments. Only UL-approved, multi-plug power strips that are equipped with a surge protector, a grounded, three-prong plug, and 12- or 14-gauge wire cord can be used
  7. Plugging a power strip of any type into another ("piggy-backing") is prohibited.
  8. Dimmer switches and similar devices are prohibited.
  9. Electric blankets, space heaters, and sun or heat lamps are prohibited.
  10. The electrical amplification of a musical instrument (as well as the use of drums) is prohibited in all residence halls. These may only be stored, but not played. Electrical