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Environmental and Other Safety Hazards

Information about the Environment, Health and Safety Department (OSEH) services and programs and its commitment to the promotion of health, safety and environmental protection is available online. You can support OSEH’s environmental hazards management and help ensure environmental safety for everyone by not disturbing building materials, including wall and ceiling plaster, pipe insulation and flooring.


  • The boilers which provide heat to the M Housing facilities are turned on in the fall when low temperatures below 45°F (7°C) are predicted for several evenings. This usually occurs in early October, but will vary slightly from year to year. Keep areas around heating units clear and radiators dusted to allow maximum heat circulation. For term break periods, contract holders must follow their closing guidelines regarding heat settings.
  • Buildings which utilize Fan Coil Units for heating and cooling (Alice Lloyd, Couzens, East Quad, Mosher Jordan, Munger, North Quad, Stockwell, and West Quad) provide individual control over temperatures within established set points. There are three different modes during normal operation based on outside air temperature. Below 47 degrees F the unit should be in heating mode and heating water is circulating through the fan coil in order to satisfy the room thermostat set-point. Between 47 and 60 degrees F outside temperature the fan coil will be in ambient mode, meaning it will not produce heating or cooling. At 60 degrees F outside temperature and above the unit will be circulating chilled water and is in air conditioning mode. The purpose of the ambient mode, where no heating or cooling takes place, is to let the heating water cool to below 90 degrees before the building system can begin to circulate chilled water. Keep areas around heating units clear and radiators dusted to allow maximum circulation
  • Northwood I, II and III apartments have hot water heat. Keep areas around heating units clear and radiators dusted to allow maximum heat circulation. Central controls turn the heat off when the outside temperature reaches 60°F (15°C). In most apartment rooms and common areas, slight individual adjustments may be made using a control valve/lever.
  • Northwood IV and V heat is controlled by an adjustable thermostat. Keep floor vents clean and clear of obstructions for maximum efficiency. Thermostats are calibrated for a maximum temperature setting of 75°F (24°C). Overriding or tampering with the thermostats creates a potentially serious hazard and is a contract violation. The University recommends that thermostats be lowered to 60°F-65°F (15°C-18°C) at night when everyone is sleeping and when the apartment is unoccupied. This helps save energy. However, setting thermostats below 55°F during the heating season could cause water lines to freeze. Residents may request a high setting thermostat (50°F-90°F) at the Community Center front desk for an additional cost to cover installation and utilities expenses.

Snow Removal in Northwood Community Apartments
Snow is removed after major snowfalls from the main connecting walks and parking lot driving lanes. Individual apartment steps and walks are the resident’s responsibility. Shovels are available for use at the Community Center.

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Electrical Systems and Devices

  • Any electrical device or power equipment, such as appliances, cords and power strips, must be Underwriters Laboratory (UL)-certified. Additional information guiding what is permitted and not permitted in M Housing facilities can be found in the Prohibited Items, Safety in Hall & Apartment Communities and within this document. If you are unsure about an item, check with or a Housing staff member. Residents will be held financially and contractually responsible for damages incurred as a result of unsafe use of permitted items.
  • Some electrical outlets in Northwood Apartments are controlled by wall switches. If an outlet does not appear to work, make sure the plug is securely in the electrical socket then turn on the wall switch. If the outlet still does not work, contact FIXIT. The circuit may be overloaded.

Northwood I-II

  • Efficiencies: walk-in closet
  • One-bedroom: hall closet
  • Two-bedroom: the cabinet above the washer/dryer space

Northwood II

  • One-bedroom: kitchen closet
  • One-bedroom Economy: walk-in closet
  • Two-bedroom: first floor closet

Northwood III

  • One-bedroom: on bedroom wall
  • Two-bedroom: on dining room wall

Northwood IV and V

  • Basement