Monday, October 01, 2007

Another close call in the kitchen

It's a good thing that the Punster stayed up late the other night to read, because, around midnight, he smelled something burning in the kitchen. Taking no chances after our previous Yom Tov fire, he immediately turned off both of the gas burners that we'd left on for Yom Tov, and unplugged both the coffee pot (which we use for hot water) and the hot tray, actions which would normally be prohibited on a Yom Tov/holiday, according to most opinions (to the best of my knowledge). Then he started checking the kitchen to determine where the smell of burning was coming from. It turned out that, unbeknownst to us, our coffee pot had broken, and all the water had leaked out. In another few minutes, the formica countertop would probably had starting smoldering. Instead, we are fortunate enough to have been left with nothing but three permanently-coffee-colored spots on the counter where the coffee pot's feet once stood, making a delightful compliment to our char-broiled stove. We have a real penchant for french-frying the kitchen fixtures.

Seriously, don't forget to keep an open box of baking soda in the kitchen, within easy reach, to help smother fires. And while you're at it, make sure that all of your kitchen appliances are in proper working order, especially if you intend to leave them turned on for three days straight.


Blogger therapydoc said...

Are we talking one or two days of yuntif? These 3 day ordeals are invitations to disaster.

Tue Oct 02, 12:21:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

We observe two days of yuntif. Add Shabbos, and, as you said, "These 3 day ordeals are invitations to disaster." Given our track record, I have no choice but to agree.

Tue Oct 02, 01:18:00 PM 2007  
Blogger RaggedyMom said...

Great public service announcement, and I'm glad it was discovered quickly and safely. We tend to be totally paranoid about stuff like this. I'm awake often at night (an eight-week-old baby can be thanked for that!), and I never get back into bed without checking the big kids, the candles, the yahrtzeit candles my husband lights, and the burners. It's a downer when Yom Tov season ends, but I'm glad to see the fires go!

Mon Oct 08, 08:24:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

RaggedyMom, there are certainly enough fires--old-fashioned or electrical--left burning on a Yom Tov to make a person nervous. There's also the "schvitz" (sweat) factor: My husband describes the kitchen over a festival as "the hot box."

Mon Oct 08, 10:23:00 PM 2007  

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