EXACTLY! This is why I don't believe in mixing electricity and chickens. And sadly, just because some one hasn't had a fire from this yet it's a big risk. Hindsight is always 20/20.So true!
Here is something to think about ...
First of all extension cord are designed for temporary use ... they have both indoor rating, and outdoor ratings ... besides they come in different gauges ... how heavy/thick the wire is, which means how much electricity can safely pass through, WITHOUT heating it up so it can catch something else on fire!
Secondly ... anybody who has kept chickens for very long ... KNOWS that there is LOTS of dust ... dust is flammable ... just ask any woodworking shop or flour mill ... too much dust in a switch, and when it is turned on ... poof ... and if the wiring is not sized right ... it will also ignite the dust!
If you don't use dust proof or "hazard location" rated receptacles ... you need to clean the receptacles before they burn down your chicken coop!
Florida is too far south. Too many hurricanes. Give me good ole New England where 35 degrees is sweater weather and the hearty chickens cackle and laugh at you when you show up in a coat.Ugh... I was in the interior of BC and it dropped to -20 for three days during my second winter there... I did the sane thing and moved back to the coast as soon as I could! One of my life goals as a teenager was move to Florida... don’t heat your coop-just move somewhere with livable temperatures!
It's like the cop who says, "I've never pulled a dead person out of a car who is seat belted". No you just haven't been to enough accidents yet.EXACTLY! This is why I don't believe in mixing electricity and chickens. And sadly, just because some one hasn't had a fire from this yet it's a big risk. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Safety chain in addition to the mounting method or a ground fault outlet may have prevented this fire. Sadly the only persons that tend to learn from this tragedy are the people involved.Many thousands of dollars in damage because someone wanted their chickens to be warm.