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post #1 of 19
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I work for a company that does fire damage restoration. I don't want to name brand names and violate TCS rules, so I'm leaving the brand name out. A customer of ours put a "breakfast pastry" into the toaster and took a shower. When she came out her kitchen was on fire! The insurance adjuster on the claim told us that this is the 2nd tme she has seen this and that the strawberry flavor is the most dangerous!

The package does say not to leave unattended. Subrogation cannot be brought against the company because the insured left the area. Please take this seriously.
post #2 of 19
weird, i didnt know you could put pastry in a toaster??
i thought a toaster was only used for bread purposes?
post #3 of 19
OMG! I know I have burned many strawberry toaster pastries but I never thought that they would catch fire! I will have to keep a closer eye on my breakfast treats!!!
post #4 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rockcat
I work for a company that does fire damage restoration. I don't want to name brand names and violate TCS rules, so I'm leaving the brand name out. A customer of ours put a "breakfast pastry" into the toaster and took a shower. When she came out her kitchen was on fire! The insurance adjuster on the claim told us that this is the 2nd tme she has seen this and that the strawberry flavor is the most dangerous!

The package does say not to leave unattended. Subrogation cannot be brought against the company because the insured left the area. Please take this seriously.
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that is really weird!!!! Is it possible that the toaster never popped up the pastry? Some toasters will stick, and I think anything left in the toaster like that will catch fire?? As far as subrogation goes, not surprised. If it is your insureds' fault, the third party insurer has a solid defense and your Company won't see any reimbursement. Until one of those things catch fire right when someone is standing there and watching it, the Company will just blame it on the consumer. But at least the HO is covered.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by fwan
weird, i didnt know you could put pastry in a toaster??
i thought a toaster was only used for bread purposes?
Its a certian kind that is made for toasters.
post #6 of 19
I am sure its not justa specific brand. I normally buy them name brand but they do have store brands of them. They are the flat ones with fruit or other fillings that have frosting or sugar on the outside of them.
Here is a link about them:
http://www.tackyliving.com/article.php?id=68
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by sbw999
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that is really weird!!!! Is it possible that the toaster never popped up the pastry? Some toasters will stick, and I think anything left in the toaster like that will catch fire?? As far as subrogation goes, not surprised. If it is your insureds' fault, the third party insurer has a solid defense and your Company won't see any reimbursement. Until one of those things catch fire right when someone is standing there and watching it, the Company will just blame it on the consumer. But at least the HO is covered.
I don't know if the toaster stuck or not. If she had stood there watching it she probably could have stopped it before it got so bad. Thank God no one was hurt, but her kitchen is totally destroyed.

...Just want everyone to stay safe.
post #8 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I am sure its not justa specific brand. I normally buy them name brand but they do have store brands of them. They are the flat ones with fruit or other fillings that have frosting or sugar on the outside of them.
Here is a link about them:
http://www.tackyliving.com/article.php?id=68
Yes, you know exactly what I mean.
post #9 of 19
Yikes! Fortunately, I don't eat those "toaster pastries" so I don't have to worry about it.

I do worry about my crock-pot though...I know you're supposed to be able to leave them alone and not worry about it...but sometimes I get nervous about it.
post #10 of 19
Or even running the clothes dryer when you aren't home!!
post #11 of 19
I do worry about leaving the dryer going when I run to the gas station or grocery store. I have left with a candle warmer on! Nothing happened thank goodness!!
post #12 of 19
I have a friend who's toaster caught fire when she was in the shower. Her son was cooking something in the toaster...I don't remember what. The firemen told her toasters just aren't safe. Never leave them unattended when you are using them. And unplug them when not in use.

So it isn't just the pastries, although they may cause it more often, since they are probably more flammable than bread...but always watch, and always unplug when you are done!
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I have a friend who's toaster caught fire when she was in the shower. Her son was cooking something in the toaster...I don't remember what. The firemen told her toasters just aren't safe. Never leave them unattended when you are using them. And unplug them when not in use.

So it isn't just the pastries, although they may cause it more often, since they are probably more flammable than bread...but always watch, and always unplug when you are done!
That is good advice for pretty much everything.
post #14 of 19
I'm to the point where I don't run any large appliances when I'm not home. One time, my parents were visiting, had just gotten in, and had terrible jet lag. They took a nap, and I ran to the bakery. I was gone 15 minutes tops, and when I got back, my year-old dishwasher was in flames.
When using small appliances, I stay in the room, as I've had a coffeemaker and an electric tea kettle go up in flames. I don't use stand-by for any devices, either.
post #15 of 19
Yikes! This thread is scaring me- I run my dryer all the time when I'm not home, throw a load in right as I walk out the door, better stop doing that.... no worry bout the toaster pastries though, I eat 'em cold!
post #16 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcat
I'm to the point where I don't run any large appliances when I'm not home. One time, my parents were visiting, had just gotten in, and had terrible jet lag. They took a nap, and I ran to the bakery. I was gone 15 minutes tops, and when I got back, my year-old dishwasher was in flames.
When using small appliances, I stay in the room, as I've had a coffeemaker and an electric tea kettle go up in flames. I don't use stand-by for any devices, either.
No! I run my dishwasher most often either at night as I'm going to bed, or in the morning as I leave for work!

I will change my habits based on this info, and will supervise the dishwasher...and yes, I've run the dryer unsupervised, too! I probably shouldn't run my little Roomba robot vacuum when I leave either! How will I get everything done? I'll have to run the appliances when I am surfing TCS in the evening! LOL!
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
Yikes! This thread is scaring me- I run my dryer all the time when I'm not home, throw a load in right as I walk out the door, better stop doing that.... no worry bout the toaster pastries though, I eat 'em cold!
I know, I do that too!

... this thread is making me so paranoid right now I keep thinking that my laptop and the lamp in this room are about to catch fire

Really though - I guess I'll have to be more careful about these things!!
post #18 of 19
I do not like those toaster pastries (or have a toaster), so I am not too worried about that specific issue.
post #19 of 19
Thanks for this important warning.
I have sent it on to friends and family.
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