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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Using Super Footwarmer Mat in a Bathroom

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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Learning Propane and Carbon Monoxide Levels in a Home

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 120VAC carbon monoxide alarms by Safe-T-Alert and 9V battery operated carbon monoxide alarms and 12V hard wired security system carbon monoxide alarms by Costar that will alert you to carbon monoxide levels that are dangerous. 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 GasAware 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 also sell gas leak detectors with automatic shut off valves by CCI Controls.

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

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