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April 12, 2011

Dorm Safe Appliances... what are they?

1 or 2 Cup Coffeemakers With Auto Shut Off 

What are dorm safe appliances?

In our opinion... Dorm Safe Appliances are:
  • Small in scale (dorm size)
  • Manufactured to operate on a standard 110/120v plug
  • UL Listed or ETL Listed (tested to nationally accepted safety standards)
  • Auto shut off (whenever available)
  • Free of open coils or hot plates
So... dorm safe appliances should not have an open flame or open coil... meaning no hot plates, coffee pots with warming plates, electric skillets, toasters, toaster ovens... Most colleges and universities consider these appliances a fire hazard, unsafe for your dorm room. As for irons and coffee makers... stick with quality auto shutoff appliances. A 1 or 2 cup coffeemaker that auto shuts off when brew cycle completes. A 3-way auto shut off iron that shuts off in the upright, down, or side positions ... in case you forget to turn it off or knock it over.

To prevent circuit overloads, consider purchasing a surge protector with overload protection (contains an internal 15 Amp Circuit Breaker to prevent students from overloading the circuit in their college or university dorm room). And most importantly... check with your college or university housing office rules and regulations before investing in appliances.

We are doing our best to help students with anything and everything dorm so if you have a question just leave it in the comments section below or check out our DormSmart Knowledge Base!

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