Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Kitchen Warning

Last fall, I looked outside to see two fire trucks. I first smiled as one of my best friends from my younger years (who is as close to a little brother as I've ever had), is a retired State Highway Patrol Officer but has also worked as a firefighter.  He always teases me about showing up with a fire truck at my house as he restored an old antique one he bought.

My husband looked out and grinned and said "so, is P.A. here?"

It was a kitchen fire at a neighbor's - fortunately handled quickly with only some minor smoke damage as the homeowners had a small portable extinguisher to get a handle on it as the fire department was called.

But I remember it well.  I also remember a colleague's house that burned to the ground, killing his furry best friends, when a toaster that had refused to spit out the toast that morning was off but not unplugged when he left after his wife to go to work. An hour later, everything they owned and their four-legged family were gone.  Fire investigators said the defective toaster shorted out, igniting some flammables nearby.  In a country setting with no neighbors to see it and call for help, it was too late to save it or its animal occupants by the time the smoke was seen from a nearby road.

I often cook with a crock pot, the perfect thing for starting before work to have dinner ready when we get home.  But lately, it had been acting up, the low setting not being low anymore but much warmer, almost as if it was the high setting as well.  I  simply adjusted my cook times, starting it when I got home from work at 3.

Two days ago, I was getting ready to put some chicken in before leaving the house to run some errands and I just felt this little voice inside that said, "don't leave it on today ".  So I unplugged it and when I returned a few hours later, I just cooked the chicken on the stove
The next day, teleworking, I plugged it in as I went to assemble meatloaf.  I smelled a sudden electrical smell, ALL the crock pot lights were on, the low/high/4 hour/8 hour/warm/and off and my crockpot was suddenly almost smoking hot!

I quickly unplugged it and carried it out to the cement driveway with oven mitts.

So folks - if you ever had a small appliance that suddenly does not work as expected - get RID of it.  I also recommend unplugging small appliances if you are gone for an extended time.

Some things aren't worth risking.


  1. We think you had a guardian angel on your shoulder that day. What a disaster that could have been. Great reminder for all. We are glad your story has the ending it has.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  2. .. so sad to learn your colleague lost all including their pets. Really great you listened to that inner voice!!!

    Thank you for your post on my blog expressing sympathy to us for the loss of our dear Tabby.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to be supportive in this way!

    Debby in Arizona

  3. Oh, so glad you were there when that happened. And thank you for the reminder!

  4. That's some very good advice. We don't usually run the crock pot, or any other kitchen device, when no one is home.

  5. Thank goodness you listened to your inner voice.
    I get a nervous about the crockpot too.

    xo ASTRO

  6. after I made a charcoal cake I never leave the house when something is cooking...we had a visit from our local firefighters many moons ago as I threw the old parquet floor in the fireplace ...the stuff what came out of the chimney was not from this world ;o(


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