Like everyone else I know, I've read the warnings that come with space heaters, and have always tried to follow the proper safety precautions.
I messed up this morning.
I'd used my space heater last night, and forgot it was still on once I got up and moving.
Shortly after I woke up. I gathered all my stuff, grabbed a jacket against the cold, and left to go take my shower. Arriving at the bathrooms, a good two blocks from the camper, I realized I'd forgotten my towel. Grumbling, I redressed, and trudged back to the van.
When I opened the door, I smelled something hot. Looking down, I realized, to my horror, that when I'd grabbed my jacket, my other coat had fallen on the floor right next to the heater - which had reactivated itself shortly after I left.
I grabbed the coat - it was hot, but not yet close to burning - and immediately turned off the heater.
Lesson learned. And am I glad I forgot my towel this morning.