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Hot water to be supplied to campus dorms

SHANGHAI education authority is to install facilities at dormitories on local college campuses to provide students with hot water, today's Shanghai Evening News reported.

This is included in a reply to a local political adviser's plea to improve the living conditions on campus in the wake of a dorm fire last November that killed four students.

In the reply, Shanghai Education Commission said it had incorporated water heating systems in its work plan this year.

At some dorms where the central water heating facilities are not able to be installed, students will be allowed to use electric kettles. But the education authority will adopt a strict management of the brands of the kettles to ensure safety in use, the reply said.

Qian Junlu, dean of Tongji University's Chemical Department and a delegate to the Shanghai Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, submitted the plea during this year's conference in January.

"My research indicated about 90 percent of college students use heaters in their dorms, which is banned for security concerns," he said.

Heaters are popular among students as hot water supply facilities are usually shared by several dorm buildings.

On November 14 last year, four female students at Shanghai Business School fell to their deaths from their sixth-floor balcony during a fire. A small heater may have started the blaze, according to police.


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