Calvin's Physical Plant exists to glorify God by providing the best possible environment for encouraging academic excellence and Christian community.
Current News & Announcements
- Winter Tips: Just in time for Ground Hog Day, here are some winter tips for comfort and sustainability.
- Please dress warmly for the weather. Keep a sweater or warm throw in your office.
- Physical Plant discourages the use of space heaters because of their potential danger (fire hazard), because of they generate higher energy costs, and because they decrease the effective operation of the general heating system (warmer spaces will not call for heating for the surrounding offices/zone).
- If there is a medical need for space heater use, please follow the safety guidelines below. If you have any questions regarding the safety guidelines, please contact Physical Plant.
- All appliances must be UL listed (a UL label will be attached to the cord). Only purchase newer model space heaters that have all of the current safety features. Any heater drawing more than 400 Watts must connect directly to an outlet without the use of an extension cord (an extension cord can overheat and cause risk of fire), surge protector, or multi-outlet box. The high current flow can cause components to deteriorate, leading to a breakdown of solder joints and eventual failure of the multi-box outlet, and excessive heating that can cause fire. Space heaters must not take more than 110 Volts of electricity to operate and cannot be rated for more than 1500 Watts.
- Space heaters must be equipped with a tip-over shutdown safety feature.
- Choose a thermostatically controlled heater (has a thermostat that automatically shuts off when a pre-set temperature is reached), since they avoid the energy waste of overheating a room. Do not leave the heater plugged in when not in use. Do not leave your heater on when the area is not attended or to raise space temperatures beyond 70 degrees. Portable electric heaters are designed for use only as temporary supplemental heating and only while attended.
- The plug must be equipped with a polarized AC (alternating current) having one blade longer than the other. Do not plug a heater into dedicated data outlets. Do not run cord under carpeting; do not cover cord with throw rungs, runners, or the like. Arrange cord away from traffic areas where it will not be tripped over. Do not operate any heater with a damaged cord or plug, or after the heater malfunctions, or has been dropped or damaged in any manner.
- Power strips may be used for small printers, desk lights, phone chargers, and/or a computer. The Fire Department recommends that before using a power strip, you check the back of it for its amps rating to make sure what you're plugging into it won't overload it. (City Code: 605.5)
- Heaters with unprotected heating elements are strictly forbidden.
- Heaters must be kept at least 3 feet away from any combustible material (i.e. drapes, furniture, pillows, clothes, paper). Do not use in bathrooms, laundry areas, or other similar indoor areas. Do not place heaters on soft surfaces, like a bed. Do not place anything on top of a space heater. Periodically check surrounding objects to see if they feel hot.