An oil lamp that will not ignite flammable gases (methane); SYN. Davy lamp.
Portable lamp designed for use in places where flammable gases such as methane may be encountered; for example, in coal mines. The electric head lamp used as a miner's working light has the bulb and contacts in protected enclosures. The flame safety lamp, now used primarily for gas detection, has the wick enclosed within a strong glass cylinder surmounted by wire gauzes. English chemist Humphrey Davy 1815 and English engineer George Stephenson each invented flame safety lamps.