My sister-in-law, call her Sue, rents a suite of rooms the basement of our house. She pays, but not the commercial value, and doesn’t chip in for utilities. She claims the rooms are uncomfortably cold all seasons of the year. She bought a portable Delongi oil filled space heater to warm up the rooms.
Now, all the fire and safety procedures I know about recommend turning off space heaters when you leave the house. Sue, however, believes it is fine to leave the space heater on unattended, just as long as the setting is turned to LOW. I told her could only keep it on all the time if the owner’s manual said it was safe to do so, but she’d thrown it out. I even called the manufacturer myself and they said the heater should be off when nobody was home.
I’ve had a long running battle telling her to turn off the space heater whenever she leaves the house. Either she really can’t remember to turn it off, or she decides to leave it on anyway. For awhile, last winter, I had to enter to room and turn it off myself everyday. After some terse and stern words she agreed to keep it off when she wasn’t home. She seemed to comply and I stopped checking up on her. I thought the trouble would end with winter. But, no, Sue is still “cold, uncomfortably cold” in the basement. She runs the space heater every day. Yeah, I know, it is August, but she says she is still cold in the basement.
I thought, however, she’d learned to turn it off when she left. I was mistaken. Occasionally one of our cats goes into her rooms and I need to go in to get the cat out. I still find the heater on from time to time. I try not to entering her space whenever avoidable, but she has proven to be untrustworthy in the past, and I think she is back in the habit of leaving it on 24/7.
So how can I get her to turn off the bloody thing whenever she leaves? I’m not her daddy and shouldn’t be the custodian of her heater. Words doen’t seem to last. I’m thinking about removing the heater from my house entirely. Let her be cold if she can’t operate equipment safely.
Or am I (the manufacturer) just overly cautious? Should allow her to run the heater when no one is home? She works 2:00 to 11:00 and likes to return to a toasty room.
My wife agrees with me, or so she says, but doesn’t want to confront her sister over the issue of the space heater. Sue also had an upstairs bedroom for a few months, but decided to move to the basement for more privacy.