Appliances turning on spontaneously: When? Why? How? How often?!
April 17, 2014 10:55 AM Subscribe
Here and there, around the web and (much less) in person, I've heard of small appliances spontaneously turning themselves on. Googling has turned up some product recall notices and grisly photos of burns, but I'm more interested in personal experiences--have you ever experienced a small appliance spontaneously turning on? What happened? Was there loss of property/limb/life involved?
posted by magdalemon to Home & Garden (24 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was home for lunch today and moved some jute placemats to my porcelain-top cooking range (water had spilled on them and I needed them off the countertop), then forgot to move them before I returned to work. So this question has a neurotic basis, of course, which is where I figure out whether it's worth it for me to return home and move the placemats, if my range were to spontaneously turn on, or if the chance of that happening is just laughably low.
I'm also just curious about how common this phenomenon is, and how people react when it does.