I used to be a heating and cooling system installer but I retired a few years ago. Installing air conditioning units and heating systems was a lot of hard work and my knees couldn’t take it anymore. When I was an installer, I had to be sure that heating systems were installed properly and hooked up to gas lines and electric the right way. There were a series of safety checks I had to run. I also would urge residents to invest in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. I would even buy them in bulk and sell it to them at cost if it came down to it. The last thing I wanted to hear as an air conditioner and heating system installer was about the death of a customer due to a fire or carbon monoxide leak. So after I retired, I decided that I wanted to work in a public service position. Recently, the state hired me to be an educator. I basically go to low income houses and provide educational materials about heater safety. If they have space heaters, I give them a checklist for preventing fires. I make sure people have fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide alarms. The state even gives them out for free if a family is in need. I teach people how to look for warning signs about heating system failures and how to check for gas leaks and things like that. It’s a very rewarding job and it’s perfect for me. I am very excited to be using my knowledge about heating systems to help the community.