AT reader Kimberly writes in with a burning question...literally:
Our floor furnace grate is directly at the entrance to the hallway in our 1920's craftsman rental. While summer is coming, we do still need a bit of heat at night. Sure enough, our 4 yr. old took his slippers off while Dad was taking a shower and ended up with a blister on the bottom of his foot. My searching has turned up nothing but solutions that won't allow us to reach the bedrooms or bathroom (building vented raised boxes out of wood to cover the existing grate). I own bake ware made out of heat resistant silicone that, while not cold to the touch when it comes out of the oven, is not burning metal. Any ideas if something like this exists, is prudent, can be constructed, etc. I'd love no more burning baby feet in my house. Thanks.
Kimberly, we'd like to direct you to this discussion board where this very topic is discussed amongst similarly worried parents. We're not sure the size of your vent, but an option that may provide a cooler surface would be exchanging out the metal floor grate with a wood frame grate available in various wood finishes.