Beware when you heat your home

Fire chiefs warn against using space heater to heat homes during the freezing weather

With temperatures expected to remain near or below freezing through the weekend, area fire chiefs are urging residents to be safe, especially if they use space heaters to warm their homes.

Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton said he's witnessed multiple fires over the years that started with space heaters. Brewton Fire Chief Jeff Salter agreed, saying about 30 percent of house fires are due to space heaters.

"I don't like them," Stanton said of space heaters. "I've seen too many houses burned down that were started by space heaters."

Stanton and Salter said if space heaters are needed, people...