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Anything that gets hot can be dangerous. It's all about taking precautions. Checking on the item (whichever you choose). Curling irons have started more fires than heat lamps but no one gives that a second thought. Space heaters are the same, if you want to use the heat plate that you've already bought, that's great, there's no problem, just do like Maryellen said and put your hand on it, make sure it's not too hot. I think those things are a good invention but they are expensive if you aren't going to be using it all of the time like those that hatch and raise chicks on a regular basis (Maryellen...hahaha). It' just not feasable for someone like me who gets 2 or 3 new chicks every few years. So I use a heat lamp but I am extremely cautious and constantly checking it, using thermometers etc.

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