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Posted by katieb on May 02, 2003 at 14:43:06:
In Reply to: Parents gonna kill me.... posted by nathana on May 02, 2003 at 12:22:53:
They also sell lamp stands to hold hanging light fixtures for reptiles. I purchased one at Drs. Foster & Smith and feel much better (safer) about the heat light setup. There is a flat plate that sits under the tub or whatever the tortoise lives in, and the light hangs out over the enclosure.
:I nearly burnt down my house. I melted one of my favorite clocks too. Now I will NEVER have a light that generates heat that is note WIRED DOWN or hung from a sturdy hook in the cieling. It's just not worth losing your house over to be too lazy to do this. You can use a hammer and nail to pop a hole in the lip of the fixture and some coathanger wire to wire it right to the lid (or even a twist-tie), or put in plant hooks from the ceiling and tie off the cord of the light to them so it hangs to the right height above the cage.
:SO MUCH SAFER. Don't kill yourself or your family for just something as silly as being too lazy to secure the lamps safely! I never would have even thought of it, though, until it nearly happened to me.