Covering for wall heater to prevent burns

I recently moved into an apartment (renting) with a wall heater in the hallway. I have a 12 month old toddler. Any suggestions for preventing burns...heater is about 6 feet tall and 1 1/2 feet wide (metal). TIA Eva
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  • KatAych KatAych on Mar 08, 2016
    I've seen wire "boxes" over those kinds of heaters; they're not attractive, but they let the heat through and you can secure them to the wall if you have to. Maybe check with the fire department first?

    • Lavonne Lavonne on Mar 09, 2016
      @KatAych I have seen these also but depending on how high the heat is, they still get hot.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 08, 2016
    Honestly I would not recommend doing anything until you speak to the landlord.There are probably restrictions.

  • KatAych KatAych on Mar 08, 2016
    You can't be the first person here with kids, right? Wonder why the owner hasn't addressed this previously...

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 09, 2016
    You do not say if the heater is the the hallway 'inside' your unit or in the 'public' hallway. This makes a difference as to what you have a right to ask for. I agree, this should be an issue the landlord should correct if he is renting to a family with a small child, he has a liability issue. I like the idea of being 'armed' with some information like asking the fire dept. or some other resource first for ideas.

  • Lavonne Lavonne on Mar 09, 2016
    One major thing is that you need to teach your child about heat. Kids are attracted to heaters, stoves, etc. No matter what type of "punishment" you use, they need to know that there are consequences when they touch things that are dangerous. The little ones are just curious and aren't trying to be naughty but a stern reprimand goes a long way to teach them about dangerous things. Is this heater vent one that is necessary to keep your home warm? If not, speak to the landlord about disabling it. Another idea would be to use a baby gate or two or three to block off the hallway. Wallmart carries an inexpensive version for around 10 dollars.

  • Donna Donna on Mar 09, 2016
    you could try building a box from lattice( to allow the heat to flow through) put rolling castors on the bottom to remove for cleaning....

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    • Jette Jette on Aug 18, 2017
      Could also put the lattice box on hinges so it could be open when the heat is on...

  • Shawn Brockhoff Maxwell Shawn Brockhoff Maxwell on Mar 09, 2016
    Fireplace screen

  • Bobbie Littlefield Bobbie Littlefield on Mar 09, 2016
    Don't put ANYTHING directly in touch with it. These things are dangerous! Make sure you have a carbon monoxide monitor nearby (by law there should be one in the apt). Lattice box can work but secure it to the wall so it stays away from the heater. Keep the heat low...see a broker - find out how to qualify for a home (you would be surprised!).

  • Ellen Ellen on Mar 09, 2016
    These are not dangerous, but do get quite hot when on. If it is at all recessed and you are even remotely handy, you could put chicken wire or an equivalent across the opening, which could be even an inch away from the actual heater to keep the child from touching. A lot of saying NO and HOT would work too.