The Original SUNHEAT is safe around children and pets. The all wood cabinetry stays cool to the touch, no matter how long it runs. We find pets love to lie near, even on top of the unit. The wood cabinet is safe to put decorations and floral arrangements on. The SUNHEAT cannot start a fire. Infrared waves have the capability to deliver very effective heat at low temperatures, 200 degrees F or less. That means that the heat output will never reach combustible levels, even for the most delicate material. The original SUNHEAT is designed to be left on even when you are away from home. Oak Cabinet.