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Reptile Heating Safety and Avoiding Fire Hazards
For Your Reptile
It is important to make sure proper temperatures are maintained at all times, as well as making sure your reptile cannot be burned by the heat source.
  • Invest in a good thermometer.
  • Regularly monitor the basking spot, warm side, and cool side of your terrarium to make sure the appropriate temperatures are consistently provided.
  • Provide the proper nighttime temperatures.
  • Make sure your reptile cannot contact or get too close to bulbs or ceramic heat emitters or serious burns could result.
  • Prevent overheating.
  • Ideally, invest is a thermostat, which measures the temperature in the tank and turns the heating equipment on or off as needed.

Satefy for Your Home: Avoiding Fire Hazards From Reptile Heat Sources

  • Make sure proper receptacles are used for bulbs and heaters. Use receptacles rated for the size/wattage of bulb you are using, and use ceramic receptacles (higher heat tolerance) if indicated.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits, power bars, or extension cords.
  • Make sure your terrarium is safe for the heating you are using. For example, do not set heat lamps on plastic screen tops, or the top will melt.
  • Make sure all flammable materials (e.g. artifical plants, other terrarium furnishings) are kept away from heat bulbs or emitters.
  • Make sure your curtains, furniture, etc. are well away from heaters.
    Run electrical cords safely (not under furniture or rugs) and watch for overheating.
  • Raise terrariums off the surface of the stand if using undertank heating.
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