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posted 1/18/2008 6:08:39 PM |
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Earlier this afternoon I was in the kitchen doing dishes and trying to putting some Christmas stuff away. I wanted orange spice ice tea, so I put the water and tea bags on. I start with hot water in a one quart pan and bring it to a boil for about 3-4 minutes then let it cool before adding it to ice water.

There was a knock at the door and I went to answer it. I'm so tired of the political campaigns already...

I've not had much energy lately due to having walking pneumonia so since I was already in the living room I thought I would sit down for just a minute. I had taken my allergy meds a little earlier and I suddenly got so tired I laid down on the couch. I never do this without my pillows, but I just couldn't stay awake. I abruptley woke up about an hour and twenty minutes later to an awful burning smell..and smoke. .I ran in the kitchen to find the tea bags were almost completely disintegrated in the pan and smoke was everywhere. The inside bottom of the pan was completely burned black.
I used enough common sense to turn the burner off and grab a towel before grabbing hold of the handle of the pan.
My curtains are about 18 inches from that burner. I never realized they were actually that close til today as I was opening the window.....

I checked my smoke alarm to see why it hadn't went off. Lord knows if I happen to spill something in the oven it goes off..... Then it hit me, I had spilled something in the oven and taken the batteries out of both of them downstairs intending to put them back later....They're still in the drawer.....

I can not explain how lucky I feel right now........I have 18/10 stainless steel pans and I honestly think if I had been using a different pan, of lesser quality, I wouldn't be so lucky. I don't think they could have taken that heat for that long.....

Yea, the batteries are back in the smoke alarms....and will stay there until time to change them..

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Jan 18 @ 6:14PM  
Glad your ok, something similar happend to me when I couldn't shut off one of my toys....So I took the batteries out....then couldn't figure out why the next time I went to use it, it wouldn't work....The batteries were in the drawer.....

Jan 18 @ 6:29PM  
bet you would not have left the batteries outta something else...........

Jan 18 @ 7:20PM  
The vicissitudes of yin and yang seem to have been on your side.

And originally I thought this was some kind of vibrator blog!

Jan 18 @ 8:22PM  
I'm so glad you woke up before it was too late!!!

Jan 18 @ 8:31PM  
Please keep your batteries in the smoke alarms.

Jan 18 @ 9:02PM  
nowadays smoke alarms can be wired directly into your batteries needed ever.

Jan 18 @ 9:09PM  
Talk about close calls!

Glad you're ok and happier yet to know you put the batteries back in the smoke alarms.


Jan 18 @ 10:09PM  
Good to hear you woke up in time..

By the way..I am going out tomorrow night with friends and some constructions workers...I am picking a couple out for you and Dayna

Jan 18 @ 10:22PM  
Treas--I will not even tell you here exactly what i am thinking right this need for bad language here.........but you and I are going to talk real soon..............

Right now I am going to sit back drink coffee and just Thank God and be grateful that a dear of mine is still here with us...............but later when my serenity wears prepared for the ass chewing of a life time........I love you g/f

Jan 19 @ 12:24AM  
TG you are OK!!!
The dang Sinsus meds do me the same way! No matter what the box says!
This reminds me to Install my smoke alarms! Thx!

Jan 19 @ 9:16AM  
Trease! That will be enough of that! Damn...

Jan 19 @ 9:33AM  
talk about lucky!! okay I'll go check my alarms now!! So glad you are okay

Jan 19 @ 10:04AM  
All my smoke alarms are the hard-wired type...with a battery as backup (changed religiously every 90 days)....Yes, they can be a pain when you screw up...but they help keep me safe...BTW, next time one goes off.....blow on it with a hair dryer, rather than removing the power source....

Jan 19 @ 11:55AM  
Some of the newer ones have a bypass button. If you are right there, hit the button and it will shut off for a couple minutes and then re-set. which gives you time to blow the smoke away.
Makes a good dinner timer

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