Why Aren’t Rice Cookers Allowed in Dorm Rooms?
Rice cookers are an extremely versatile appliance, capable of cooking far more than rice. There are many simple recipes for rice cookers. Rice cookers are also relatively inexpensive, very portable, easy to use and extremely safe with little to no chance of creating a fire hazard. Therefore, one would think that they would make an ideal appliance for cooking in college dorm rooms. Certainly they would be much easier and safer to use than baking grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron or cooking over an open flame on a portable camp cookstove – two cooking methods known to be in fairly common use in dorm room living. You’re certainly able to cook a much wider variety of dishes. A 3 cup cooker would be ideal for a dorm room. You can easily make such classics as macaroni and cheese in your dorm room. You could even make baby back ribs and corn on the cob in your dorm room!
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Unfortunately most dormitories and other university housing seem to maintain unnecessarily restrictive and arbitrary rules against the use of any type of dorm room cooking appliance in dorm rooms such as a rice cooker. This despite the fact that other appliances such as irons, hair dryers, hair straighteners and portable heaters are often allowed in dorm rooms.
Here is a letter written by a student posted on his website
Open letter to Corpus Christi College Administration
To whom it may concern,
I have noticed that a rice cooker has been removed from my kitchen during the electrical testing on my staircase. I am not questioning the fact that rice cookers are or aren’t allowed in accommodation, which is quite clear. I do question however the reason behind why it is in the college rules at all and also the validity of the ruling in question.
I can see only one reason which the College may justify the removal of my cooker. The first is that it is a fire hazard. However by the very design of a rice steamer this is extremely unlikely. Rice cookers are designed with thermal switches to turn them off, this is achieved at between 60oC to 80oC…Read More Here.