We have come to the coldest time of the year in High Point. The Refugee Welcome Network has tried to make sure everyone has a warm house. When we have visited Burmese homes we have found a couple of homes that should use gas heat and they have not. We have even heard some Burmese arrivals say don’t use gas heat.
If a home is made to be heated with gas, the gas should be turned on and used the way it was made. Plugging in electric space heaters in such a home is dangerous. Electric space heaters use alot of electrical current and that makes the wires in the wall very hot. It can start a fire. Electric space heaters cannot warm up the whole house, some rooms will be very cold. The space heaters are dangerous for little children to be around because they may get burned. The little electric space heaters can be very expensive to use because they are small and are trying to heat large areas of the house.
If you are an arriving parent, you need to use the kind of heat built into your home. Your landlord does not want you to create a fire hazard by using space heaters. Your children need to have a warm place to eat, sleep, live and play. Parents need to make sure their children have warm homes or American leaders might consider them to be a bad parent.
The cost of heating your home is about the same for gas or electric heat. This has been studied by your friends and other American workers. My father-in-law has built and remodeled houses. When he can, he has rebuilt his home from electric to gas heat because it was cheaper for him. In the winter in High Point, you need to plan on paying a little more for utilities to provide heat.
If your house uses gas heat and you do not have it turned on, you need to work on getting that heat right away. If you cannot afford the heat bills, still turn it on, and let us look at your monthly budget to see what should be done.
If you tell someone to not use the gas heat in their home you are giving bad advice. The home can catch fire, a child could get burned or a family can be sick because they don’t have enough heat. You may be responsible for harm coming to the family, if you should tell an arriving friend or relative such a thing.
Today I know many Burmese families in High Point with gas heat for their homes. Their houses are warm and their families are healthy. Those of you who are Burmese and are reading this have probably been in High Point for a year or so. We need you to read this carefully and help explain to others why we need to use the kind of heat for which the house was built. Whether the house was built to use electric baseboard, electric forced air, fuel oil or gas, that is what should be used. Please help us to spread the word to avoid the plug in kind of electric heaters.