TYLER - Back in 1999, the National Fire Protection Association said space heaters in homes caused close to 3,000 structure fires and hundreds of deaths and injuries across the United States.
In East Texas, Tyler officials tell us, space heaters cause major damage to local homes. The problem, they say, is not the heater, but how it's being used. Officials say when the heaters are left unattended that's when most fires can occur. They say the best way of protecting yourself is to purchase a unit with safety features built in and frequently checking the batteries on your smoke detector.