I mentioned in my “earliest time to use power tools outside” thread that I had another debate going with the Spouse, so here it is.
I absolutely refuse to leave the house unattended if there’s a dryer running, and I insist on shutting it off before we leave. I don’t even like to have it running while we’re asleep, but I’ve conceded that one as long as it’s on a finite timer and not on the “just keep going until the stuff’s dry” mode. The Spouse claims that I’m being way too nervous about the whole thing, even after I’ve cited numerous news stories about fires caused by dryers, and web sites where firefighters say never to leave the dryer running when nobody’s home.
I’ve managed to extract his promise that he’ll never leave it running and leave the house–only for my peace of mind, not because he thinks it’s a big deal–so it’s just academic now. But the thought of our cats getting caught in a fire caused by a faulty dryer… :eek:
So, my questions: am I being overly nervous? Do you leave your dryer running when nobody’s home? Have you ever had (or known anybody who’s had) a mishap because of it?