Is it safe to leave it on while I'm not home?
05-20-2005, 01:00 PM
I do but I wouldn't recommend it. I think the real question is, do you have it plugged into a safe plug like a good surge protector that isn't loaded with other things plugged in?
05-20-2005, 02:23 PM
I do. I've left it on for HOURS! "Safe" as in what way?
My new one has a timer which is really cool.
05-20-2005, 04:11 PM
I leave mine on all day long, without any problems.
05-20-2005, 04:33 PM
Yep, I leave mine on as well, and I have a Nesco American Harvest. ;)
05-20-2005, 11:43 PM
Like with ALL electrical equipment, you must use normal safety and caution.
I ONLY have one appliance plugged in at a time, my dehydrator is not near anything else, nor do I keep anything on top of it. or behind it.
It's in the kitchen, so it's a GFIC, which is a plug with it's own circuit breaker, so if anything goes wrong, it flips off the electricity.
It is on about 3 days a week, during the winter, and every day during the summer and fall, during harvest time.
Once, I left my dehydrator on while I went to a friends' home, and I couldn't get back home because there was a freak snow storm, and in Western Washington that was a freak thing, it snowed over 1 foot in a few hours, and the ONLY two roads to my home, which are up and down very steap hills (I live on a lake, so they are usually in a hollow), anyway, there was car accidents on both hilss, with the snow still coming down very hard, and no way around the accidents, So, I went back to my friends' home and stayed the night and part of the next day.
So, my dehydrator was on 1 1/2 days, and it was supposed to be only a couple of hours, but everything was fine, my house was fine, the dehydrator was fine and the food was fine.
Can you imagine what would have happened if it were a roast beef in the oven?
I shudder to think about it.
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