With what John just told us .. We know many space heaters will be put to use .. not just tonight .. but for the next several nights. The fire department is asking us to tell you they don't want to be coming to your home .. like they had to do to one house just two days ago. Tonight ..Channel 4's Tim Pulliam is joining us LIVE with a Safety Alert from a firefighter. Tim. 3 Firefighters say it's important to keep space heaters in an open area -- away from anything flammable. TIM PULLIAM IS JOINING US LIVE WITH A SAFETY ALERT FROM A FIREFIGHTER. TOM, FIREFIGHTERS SAY THAT SPACE HEATERS SHOULD BE IN THE CENTER OF AN AREA AND OPEN ROOM WITH NOTHING FLAMMABLE NEAR IT. IT CAN HAPPEN IN AN INSTANT. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THIS IS WHAT A SPACE HEATER DID TO A JACKSONVILLE MOTHER'S HOME ON MONDAY JUST AS SHE WAS ABOUT TO WALK HER CHILD TO THE BUS STOP. NO ONE WAS INJURED. 50% OF ALL HOME HEATING FIRES OCCUR BETWEEN DECEMBER AND FEBRUARY, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION. AND WITH AN EXTENDED COLD SPELL IN THE WORKS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT WEEK, FIREFIGHTERS WORRY MORE FIRES LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN FROM SPACE HEATERS. MOST FIREFIGHTERS, WHEN THE COLD SNAP COMES, HERE WE GO, IT'S GOING TO OCCUR. RANDY WISE WITH THE JACKSONVILLE ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS WHEN USING A SPACE HEATER. MOST WILL TELL YOU TO KEEP THEM AT LEAST THREE FEET FROM FLAMMABLE MATERIALS IN YOUR HOME, LIKE A COUCH, CURTAINS, OR BEDDING. ARE THERE PARTICULAR SPACE HEATERS MORE DANGEROUS THAN OTHERS. I GUESS COULD YOU SAY ONE WITH AN OPEN FLAME WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT MORE HAZARDOUS THAN A CERAMIC HEATER OR RADIATOR TYPE STYLE HEATER. SAME GOES FOR USING A KEROSENE HEATER. WISE SAYS MAKE SURE YOU TAKE IT OUTSIDE TO REFUEL IT AND THEN BRING IT BACK INSIDE. NOW, HERE'S AN ALARMING STATISTIC FROM THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION. THEY SAY EVERY YEAR 300 PEOPLE DIE IN HOME HEATING FIRES. 6,000 ARE RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THAT THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE SMOKE DETECTORS ARE WORKING.