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SallyBR1's picture

just wondering

anybody here worried about turning it on and leaving the house? Am I excessively paranoid? Are they 100% safe?

 


 


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AnnL's picture

(post #56053, reply #1 of 55)

I've always done it and my mother always did it when I was growing  up.  Just make sure there's no paper or plastic right next to it and make sure the electric cord is not up against it. 


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

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Jean's picture

(post #56053, reply #2 of 55)

My DDiL gets it going before she leaves for work in the morning and has a nourishing meal ready for the family when they all gather in the late afternoon.  It's wonderful for working Moms.



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schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #3 of 55)

I did it for years. So nice to come home and smell supper when you open the door.

teebee's picture

(post #56053, reply #4 of 55)

I use my crock pot and haven't had any problems.  I just make sure that it isn't next to anything (as someone already said) like paper or kitchen towels.  Someone told me that they always place it in the sink (with the faucet pointing in the other bowl) so that the crock pot wasn't near anything that could catch fire.  I guess it depends on what kind of countertop you have.


The only bad experience I had (other than dropping the empty crock pot on the floor--ruins the pot and chips tile) was one day when the power blinked off and the crock pot did not reset itself, so nothing cooked.  I came home and the roast was still red, control blinking, waiting to be told what to do!  My old crock pot (the one I dropped) just had a knob, so that it was off, on low, or on high, depending on where it had been set.


As far as being 100% safe, is anything 100% safe?

Gretchen's picture

(post #56053, reply #5 of 55)

If you know it works correctly I think it is fine, for all the reasons everyone else has said. I think the new ones cook "hotter" on the low setting, so that is the reason I say to know how it cooks before you leave it unattended.

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #56053, reply #6 of 55)

Yes, I would be worried, but more because of earthquakes and ill-behaved pets.

I do set my rice cooker in the morning-it goes on right before we get home. And I occasionally leave something on in my oven overnight, or while I go out and run an errand, but it is well-insulated.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #56053, reply #7 of 55)

Hmmm, speaking of ill behaved pets... the other day I was in the bathroom, still wet and nekkid from my shower and I hear a sound in the kitchen...kind of like someone moving or lifting the iron burner grates on the stove. So I poke my head out and what do I see??


Miss Olive (who is a rather buff kitty) is on the stove trying to move the burner grates so she can get to (and lick) the drip pans (which admittedly I had not wiped out after dinner the night before). I  scolded her and she hopped down only to hop back up and start on the grates again as soon as I ducked back into the bathroom.


She is shamelessly naughty :)


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

gmunger's picture

(post #56053, reply #8 of 55)

It's one way to get those drip pans cleaned.

 


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Marie Louise's picture

(post #56053, reply #10 of 55)

I LOVE your Olive stories, and so does DH. She looks like my beloved Katie, but she has the soul of my naughty Izzie. (Both cats are long dead.)

I caught Izzie eating right out of the simmering pot a time or two-and we have a gas stove! He's just go from pot to pot, walking right by the flames. (I learned to simmer most things covered, unless I was standing there.)

Last night my usually well-behaved orange boy licked the remnants of our plates after we were done eating. (They were on the coffee table, so it wasn't too much work for him.) He was searching for the grilled pork tenderloin, but instead, licked a big plop of hot mustard. Hehehe...that'll teach him. Not.

Glenys's picture

(post #56053, reply #12 of 55)

My friend had a similar cat experience except a male cat who hadn't been "teutered" as my Mom says, was peeing in the burners of the gas stove.  Bachelors often recognise an odd smell but aren't really into detective work.  Couldn't figure out why every time they turned on the stove, well you get it.


I know Miss Olive had other things on her mind but we now know she's a bit of a closet nosher.

wonka's picture

(post #56053, reply #13 of 55)

Speaking of cats. I took your advice and moved my cat's water bowl. She is drinking tons now. I'm having to scoop way more often now. lol

LuciaK's picture

(post #56053, reply #9 of 55)

I put away my crockpot when I realized that my convection wall ovens do the same thing and I feel a lot safer leaving the house with my oven on 250 than leaving an appliance plugged in. Of course, I'm never gone for more than a couple of hours, not all day.


I once talked to a firefighter who warned me about leaving appliances plugged in while I wasn't at home, so I've been extra cautious since then. No coffeemaker, no irons, no curling irons left plugged in.


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roz's picture

(post #56053, reply #11 of 55)

I have a SIL who is a firefighter and received the full treatment of what not to do when leaving the house. Unplug and turn off and other things I have conveniently blocked. I guess firefighters see way too much of human stupidity!


Edited 3/14/2008 12:20 pm ET by roz

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schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #14 of 55)

Son #1 is a firefighter and has been to a few calls for oven fires. I won't leave the house with my oven on or dryer running. I had the start of a fire once when the convection fan in my oven short-circuited, spitting out sparks and flames. Scary, but glad I was there. And it burnt my biscotti! Dammit.

LuciaK's picture

(post #56053, reply #17 of 55)

A friend caught her oven on fire a couple weeks ago by broiling a hamburger too close to the element. She called 911 and they advised her to get out of her house. They sent the firefighters to her house to check it out. Everything was fine, although her house was a little smelly. She vows to use the George Foreman from now on.


Firefighters are very useful people to have around.


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schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #18 of 55)

Firefighters are very useful people to have around.

Oh, yeah. We got to see them in action last night when an electrical fire started in a wall of our house. I had taken my stromboli out of the oven to rest and we were about to eat when I heard popping noises (short-circuiting). Scary how fast it happened. The house was filling with smoke but we don't know where the fire was. DH found it pretty quick and extinguished it, but the firefighters had to use a chainsaw to remove some floor and wall to make certain it was out. We have a little mess to clean up a repairs to make, but it could have been much worse. If no one had been home I think we would've lost the house.

I have my lampe berger going hoping to clear the air a bit.

AnnL's picture

(post #56053, reply #19 of 55)

Oh, my, thank goodness you guys were right there and able to  put it out quickly!! 

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #21 of 55)

We knew it was coming from somewhere in my office. He found it by feeling the walls, the back wall inside the closet was very hot. That's also behind the oven, which had just been on 400°F. DH ripped out the sheetrock with his hammer and there was the fire. Very scary. The smoke was mostly from burning pine and cedar shingles, stinky enough but thankfully no plastics were involved.

TracyK's picture

(post #56053, reply #26 of 55)

ACK! That is scary. I'm glad you are OK and that the damage isn't extensive.

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Jean's picture

(post #56053, reply #20 of 55)

How frightening. Living out in the country with an all volunteer fire department, I just know if we ever had a fire we would lose everything.  There's a neighbor just a couple miles away that had that happen just a couple of weeks ago. I think it started with a chimney fire,  and I doubt she had much left that was salvaging. Glad yours wasn't like that! Anyway, I asked Rod to have the extinguisher checked by the fire dept. Long overdue.



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schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #22 of 55)

We also have all volunteer firefighters and they were here within minutes. They were great and hung around for a few hours. Their thermal imaging camera kept reading heat in the wall but it was from my oven. I think the stromboli had something to do with it. (g)

Jean's picture

(post #56053, reply #24 of 55)

I'm sure they were just hanging around to help eat the stromboli.  How do you do yours? I've never made one.



Youth is fleeting. Immaturity, however, can last forever.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #25 of 55)

Aberwacky's picture

(post #56053, reply #27 of 55)

I'm pretty sure our volunteer fire department doesn't have thermal imaging. :-( We just had another chili supper to get some new hoses!
Edited to add: DOH!!!! So sorry about your fire--those can be scary.

Leigh

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Edited 3/17/2008 10:22 am by Aberwacky

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schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #28 of 55)

It sure is a handy device! Town population is around 12k, just finished building a high school. Now they need to buy a ladder truck because of the high school—cost of 900k. Weee!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #56053, reply #30 of 55)

Ours services 2 little communities, total pop around 1K, if that, mixed about half full-time residents and half vacation homes. DH provides First Aid and CPR training to them.

The trucks (2) are close to being antique, although kept in pristine condition. They were donated by a vacation-house owner who collects them.

Have to say they've always been responsive. We had a little brush fire up the road (unattended leaf burning) last year and they responded right away. Defintely worth our $32 a year.

Leigh

Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!


www.twiningvinedesigns.etsy.com

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #32 of 55)

It's tough for small towns, and yours is really small. (g) The equipment is so expensive, but the volunteers are devoted. We'd be paying a whole lot more in taxes if it were not for them.

mer's picture

(post #56053, reply #23 of 55)

oh my goodness. i am so glad that you and your family are safe. electrical fires are so scary.

Marcia's picture

(post #56053, reply #29 of 55)

Now that is very scary...I'm so glad that you and your family are all right, and you have such wonderful firefighters.

schnitzel's picture

(post #56053, reply #31 of 55)

Thanks, Marcia, and everyone. We really do have wonderful firefighters. I think there were at least 50 of them at my house last night, along with every piece of apparatus in town. Very impressive.