Experts say that people need to be extremely careful with what they use to heat their home, including these space heaters, but at the end of the day a lot of the problems come from the wires in the wall.
"We're using a dimmer here to simulate an arc in the lighting circuit, which would cause your lights to flicker like this," said licensed electrician Jim Engler.
He says that is a telltale sign that there is a problem with the electrical wiring in the wall.it could be as simple as having a screw loose.
"And if that screw was loose and there became an air gap between the screw and the wire that would cause and arc which is a flash, which could possibly fall into the wall and start a fire," said Engler.
If you have an arc in your wall that causes a fire from these wires Jim says the best type of smoke detector is a supervised one.
“It sends a signal to the control panel, which has a little brain in it and that calls the 911 or the fire department, which send emergency response people. The appropriate people immediately," said Engler.
When talking with heating professionals they said that no matter what the type of heater you use, either a space heater or a fireplace, he said to keep things away from it that could start a fire."
And no matter what you use to heat your home, either a space heater or a gas fire place. They say that maintenance is key.