I live in Michigan, and winters can get pretty cold here so I bought a base heater to put my metal waterer on. It's already getting close to freezing at night so I pulled out the box to look at it today. Looking at the instructions today though made me come up with a few worries. The biggest concern I have is that there is a warning that the top of the base will be so hot that it will burn you to touch it. The waterer doesn't cover the entire base, so I'm assuming the girls will end up standing on the edge at some point...won't this burn their feet? Also, I had planned on putting the base on the cement floor and putting the waterer on top, figuring it would be high enough to avoid shavings in water. However, now I'm worried that shavings will get kicked up on and around the base, and if it's really that hot, what are the chances of this creating a fire? Would it be better to put the base on something else to get it up out of the shavings, and what would everyone suggest for that? I just really want to make sure my girls will be safe!!!! Thanks!!