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  •  Unfortunately, it's really hard to find one (3+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball, kyril, cai

    ... that doesn't have safety features, and even harder to find anyone to install it (most heating contractors won't go near the unsafe heaters with a ten foot pole, for liability insurance reasons).

    Combustion appliances have these shutoffs to prevent death from carbon monoxide poisoning, fires due to "flame rollout" (for those with pilot lights), and explosions. They save lives.

    The real solution is to ensure those who are vulnerable can't have their heat shut off, even indirectly - and to make sure that someone who lives nearby can check on them if there is a storm that knocks power out.

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