Electric infrared heat lamps can provide safe warmth for people or for a pet bird, reptile or other animal. But like any heat-producing device, heat lamps can be a fire hazard. Be sure there’s a working smoke alarm in the room where a heat lamp is in use. Test the smoke alarm monthly. If the alarm doesn’t work, replace the batteries or the alarm itself.
Always keep the heat lamp at least 18 inches away from cloth, paper and other combustible materials. Don’t use heat lamps in sockets insulated with plastic, paper or cardboard; use heat-resistant ceramic sockets. Don’t allow an operating heat lamp to contact liquids.; the glass may shatter and expose the filament, which could cause dangerous sparking. Mount the lamp securely so it can’t fall onto combustible materials or break from impact.