Our house is a year and a half old. Our heater is fine, yet we LOVE the warmth of the space heater. We've heard all of the horror stories about space heaters getting knocked over and causing house fires, so we've tried to be careful. What we didn't realize, though, was that the REAL danger of space heaters lies in the fact that they overload the electrical circuits. This is what the space heater did to one of our outlets...kind of freaky, isn't it?