CONTRIBUTION · 27th April 2012
Well, I was pretty close to burning the house down this weekend when I had the oven on 900 degree'ed self-cleaning mode.
I removed the cat from the area and cautioned the family that the oven would be hot to touch and cleared off the top /inside of the oven; however, I neglected to remove a plastic bag with recyclables that was hooked on the kitchen wall next to the oven.
After ~an hour, I walked thru the kitchen and noticed a "smell" and immediately realized the bag had partially melted and the items inside were brittled and charred and about to ignite into flames!
I quickly removed the bag and threw it into the kitchen sink to douse with water.
'Glad we hadn't left the house when that oven was self-cleaning. We may have come back to a huge fireball!
In any event, this was a wake up call for me to check all smoke alarms (check) and revist my home insurance plan (check) and find out where I put that fire escape ladder (yeah...I own one ...but where is it?). I also need to check that kitchen fire extinguisher to ensure it is not stale dated. OH! And a family fire escape plan wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Please take note of my embarassing error while realizing how quickly tragedy can occur. Be aware and be safe.
Comment by terraceres on 30th April 2012
i did the same thing.. put the oven on self clean and was getting ready to head out for a couple hours like we always did when we cleaned the over.. i ran back into the house to grab my sons bottle and smelt smoke i looked at the oven and there was flames building on the inside of the oven.. with it being self cleaning it locked and i had to break the lock to put out the fire.. that was a close one!
Comment by seller on 29th April 2012
thank you for sharing!!! Wake up call for alot of us!