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Baby Proofing Baseboard Heaters

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Electric baseboard heaters might present a hazard for you baby. This is a guide about baby proofing baseboard heaters.
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December 15, 2011

Do baseboard heaters need to be baby proofed?

By Stella from Manchester, WA

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December 15, 20110 found this helpful

If they are the kind of baseboard heaters that I have in my apartment they don't get real warm to the touch. My heat is hot water heat. Touch the heaters and see how warm they get. If they don't get hot enough to burn a baby dont't worry about it. I have never heard of anybody baby proofing any type of heat registers.

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December 15, 20110 found this helpful

I would call a local heating and cooling supply store or installer/repair company if it feels too warm to the touch. I know there are covers available and even when I was a young girl we had one for the floor heater vent in our living room.

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December 15, 20110 found this helpful

If you have electric heat, I think you need to baby proof these somehow. I think they would get hot, and there may be places to put little fingers. Touch them yourself, and see how hot they are and if there are places for a child to reach in and touch the heating elements. Hot water heaters, at least mine do not get hot enough to burn or even be uncomfortable to the touch. My cat sleeps up against them.

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Anonymous
December 16, 20110 found this helpful

Stella, thought I should add a little more information that might be helpful to you. I only know about vent covers so did a little research about baseboard covers. Go to this link for detailed information and a how to video (be sure to read more instructions below the video):

http://heating- … ater-covers.aspx

There are fancier safety covers but they are a lot more expensive :-0 Here's a photo of what the main part of the cover looks like. The site also states this:

Child Safe - The dangers associated with hot finned tube heating elements are well known. Our child safe design doesn't allow for little fingers or small flammable toys to be placed inside the heater cover.

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