Brooder light/heat lamp safety

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RockyToggRanch, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I currently have 2 heat lamps in the barn (-3 right now) and one in an empty bedroom upstairs where my chick and eggs are. I dust the cover off frequenty, but it never occured to me to dust the bulb!

    Last night the smoke alarm kept going off in the chick room. My bedroom is downstairs, but I heard it clearly. I ran up there 3 or four times, checking every outlet and dusting the heat lamp and sniffing for smoke. Finally while laying in bed, I thought about the bulb itself! I went back upstairs and unplugged the light. Sure enough there was a thick layer of black, burnt chicken dust on the top side of the bulb!. I cleaned it off well and took the alarm down and blew dust out of it as well. The alarm has not sounded since.

    I can not believe how much dust the tiny creatures make!

    I thought I was very safe with these fixtures. I clamp them and then secure them with rope as well, but never thought about dusting the tops of the bulbs!

    Please check yours. And your smoke alarms too!
  2. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks for the warning. I have two reptile heat bulbs (black 60w and 150w) in both of my 4x8 coops. As soon as it gets light outside, I'll go out and check all four of the bulbs.
  3. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Very good advice !!!!
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    My hb and I recently took the shop vac out and vacuumed everything in there but like you I have forgotten the top of the bulbs. I will definitely check that this am. Thanks for the reminder. I too am very careful. I use electric tape on all the connections and plugs to prevent one from slipping partially lose and causing a spark to arc over and catch fire. So much to remember to keep our little ones and us safe. jean PS who says we don't have any cold here. 9 degrees with a wind chill of ----- Jean

    GOSPELSOLDIER Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    new britain
    Thanks for the advise..see i had the same problem but i just fixed it..i taught it was the wirring since i had ran wire from my home to my shed and to the chicken coop..but it was all just the dust sitting on the heat bulbs...
  6. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    someone should work on a dust free breed.[​IMG]

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