So my dad was a fire-fighter, so he is kind of paranoid about things like heating lamps and pads. My room is in the basement so the cold air drops, it is 68 upstairs and around 65 F downstairs (way too cold for reptiles). I'm about to start an ant colony (they require the same temperature as snakes generally) and I was wondering what some pro's thoughts are on heating. I have a wooden cabinet that has lots of shelves and is easy to access, I was thinking about putting them in there so it can stay dark but my problem will be heating. I tried to buy one of those heating pads from petsmart once for a fish tank but it wouldn't even get warm, it must have been cheap or something. For my setup in my cabinet I was thinking about putting some insulation in the area where the enclosure will be then putting a heating pad inside. So for those of you experienced in keeping snakes and lizards, would that setup work and keep them comfortable? Also, if you own a reptile in a cold home, how do you keep it warm? Last, what are some safety precautions I can take so my dad won't be paranoid about a fire if I leave the heat-pad on at all times. P.S. I can't have a warm room, there's no empty room in my house to do that and my dad is afraid of mold growing if I keep my room too warm.