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Heat Lamp Safety

Heat Lamp Safety

Posted by Grange Co-op on 13th Apr 2023

Heat lamps are a popular tool used by many chicken owners to keep their feathered friends warm and comfortable during the colder months. However, they can also pose a significant fire risk if not used correctly. In this article, we will discuss how to safely use heat lamps for chickens in coops to prevent fires. 


1. Choose the Right Heat Lamp                                   

When selecting a heat lamp for your chicken coop, it is crucial to choose one that is specifically designed for use in agricultural settings. These lamps typically have a guard around the bulb and a sturdy clamp that can attach securely to the ceiling of your coop. Additionally, make sure the wattage of the bulb is appropriate for the size of your coop.You can find these lamps and bulbs at your nearest Grange Co-op, both online and in-stores! 


2. Secure the Lamp Properly 

It is essential to securely attach the heat lamp to the ceiling of your coop. Use a sturdy clamp and ensure that the lamp is positioned at least 18 inches away from any flammable materials, such as bedding or wooden surfaces. 


3. Protect Against Water 

Make sure the heat lamp is protected from water or moisture. Never place it in a location where it could be exposed to rain or snow. Additionally, consider using a moisture-resistant bulb or covering the lamp with a protective shield to prevent any water from getting in. 


4. Check Cords and Wiring 

Before using the heat lamp, inspect the cords and wiring to ensure they are in good condition. Look for any fraying or damage and replace the lamp if necessary. Additionally, make sure the cords are not tangled or kinked, which could create a fire hazard. 


5. Use a Timer 

Using a timer can be an effective way to ensure the heat lamp is only on when needed. This can also help prevent overheating and reduce the risk of a fire. Set the timer to turn on during the coldest parts of the night and turn it off during the day when the chickens are out of the coop.You can also find a Thermo Cube at Grange Co-op. Thermo Cubes plug into a regular outlet but turn on and off depending on the outside temperature. These not only help save energy and money but will help prevent overheating and fire risk.  


6. Monitor the Temperature 

It is essential to monitor the temperature in your coop regularly. A thermometer can be a helpful tool to ensure the temperature remains at a safe level. If the coop becomes too warm, adjust the position of the heat lamp or lower the wattage of the bulb. 


7. Have a Fire Safety Plan 

Even with proper precautions, accidents can still happen. It is important to have a fire safety plan in place in case of an emergency. Make sure all family members and farmhands know what to do in case of a fire and have fire extinguishers readily available. 


8. Alternative Options                                                               

If a heat lamp does not safely work in your coop there are some other options. For example, if you have yo chicks the Adjustable Thermo-Poultry Brooder may be a great option for you. These provide warmth while being a lower wattage. The Thermo-Poultry Brooder does not give off any light, just warmth. Another option for warmth that provides no light is a pet heating mat. These allow your chickens to move on and off the warm mat as they need to regulate their temperature. The soft PVC exterior makes the mat easy to clean. Even with alternative options make sure your chickens can get away from the heat if they are getting too warm and read all fire warnings that come with the product.



In conclusion, using heat lamps in your chicken coop can be a great way to keep your birds warm during the colder months. However, it is crucial to take the necessary precautions to prevent fires. By following these safety tips, you can help ensure the safety of your chickens and your property.Ask one of our GrangeExperts at and Grange Co-op location if you have questions, we are happy to help!