The Travelin Man
Thanks, Al. It sounds a lot like what I figured — that the chances of something happening are akin to the chances of getting hit by a bus. I have an electric stove, and I would think that to cause a house fire, the stove would have to have an electrical short — and I would run the same risk, with no more opportunity to do much about it, if I were home. I don’t even think about leaving the dryer on when I leave the house — but thanks for making me paranoid now! I am more concerned with the washer, because I would think that might leak — again, what I am going to do about it if I am home, or would I even notice it — well, I’ll never know.
Personally, I am comfortable with leaving the oven on and leaving the house — it is the roommate. He is VERY old school, and safety conscious (good qualities in a roommate, I suppose). He is the guy who locks and deadbolts the door to take out the trash or wash his car. Our neighborhood is not some exclusive gated community, but it is not the "projects", either!
Thanks, again, for the reassurance.