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Using Super Footwarmer Mat in a Bathroom

by Barbara 19. March 2002 08:50
Q: "Hi, Can I use this mat (ES-CZP-FWB Cozy Super Footwarmer Floor Mat) in a bathroom? Thanks, --Ron"
Answer: Good question. No one has asked this one before. This is a sealed unit. Heavy rubber, fully sealed and waterproof. Is this going to warm feet while seated on the throne at night? Or in front of the mirror while you shave? Just curious. If you have ground fault interrupters in your bathroom and the unit is unlikely to fall into the tub, shower, or stool, it should be safe. Wet feet shouldn't be an issue since it is rubber and sealed. These are used in warehouses and for drying out boots.I'll shoot this one to the manufacturer and see what their response is. Okay?Barbara
3/19/2004 Answer: The official word is yes, that it can be used in a bathroom. I am not sure how much heat would be generated through a bath rug. Some have rubberized backs. This unit come with a two prong plug. I am not enough of an electrician to know if you could replace the plug with a grounded one. It does take this unit about 25 minutes to reach 125 degrees. I guess it depends how long your shower lasts! Sincerely, Barbara

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home safety | cozy personal heaters | energy conservation

Learning Propane and Carbon Monoxide Levels in a Home

by Barbara 19. March 2002 08:50

Q: Hello Barbara,  I am interested in knowing the level of propane, methane, and CO in my home. We burn propane and wood as fuel for heat, and are having some health problems that may be related. Do you have or know of such products? Please advise.Regards,Al

Answer: Dear Al,

Safe Home Products does not sell home monitors with digital readouts to tell you the exact levels. Most communities have home testing companies with sophisticated equipment to test your home over a period of days.

We do sell  several different carbon monoxide alarms plus combustible gas alarms and one valve shut-off units.  Brands include Safe-T-Alert, Quantum, Fire-x, and Kidde. The 120VAC carbon monoxide alarms by Safe-T-Alert are direct plug in, line cord (for proper placement), and hard-wired. Quantum has 9V battery operated carbon monoxide alarms and 12V/24V hard wired security system carbon monoxide alarms. Quantum also offers marine and RV units. Carbon monoxide can cause health problems as well as asphyxiation by suffocation.

We also sell propane and natural gas alarms by three manufacturers, Safe-T-Alert, Safety Siren and Safety First that will alert you to raw gas leaks before levels reach those where explosions or fire will occur. If you are worried about gas leaks from your furnace or other appliance, we recommend Scentry II Gas Alarm with Automatic Gas Valve Shut-Off.

If you have a cabin that uses propane gas only for heating and lighting, Safety First now has a 12V gas valve as well. This can run from a 12V battery or two that is re-charged using a solar panel.It is important to use the recommended gas valve or the Safety First unit will not function properly. We do recommend that you have your propane using appliances checked at least once a year by a professional and contact your propane supplier if you suspect a raw gas leak inside or outside your home. Remember our mission statement is "A Safer Life Starts Here."

Sincerely,
Barbara