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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Yes. I do.  I cannot imagine unplugging or turning them off.

Aug 06, 2017 05:50 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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Turning off or unplugging? Unplug is my choice. My sisters home burned down a few years ago due to a short in a plugged in appliance that was turned off.  I'm constantly walking thru and unplugging items that are not in use.  

Aug 06, 2017 05:44 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
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We do not shut off or unplug. Probably should. -Kasey

Aug 06, 2017 07:50 PM
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Carol Williams
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I only turn them off if I leave for an extended period.  

Aug 06, 2017 07:16 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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I have removed appliances from the kitchen counter when finished using them but don't usually unplug anything else.   

Aug 06, 2017 09:35 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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I shouldn't but I do leave them plugged in and have seen the cheap ones melt Fred Griffin 

Aug 06, 2017 09:35 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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No, I have not seen one melt here in the IS.  We had one with us during a European business trip, and that fritzed out...A

Aug 06, 2017 08:36 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Make sure you see the comment/answer on this page from Melissa Jackson 

See also the comment/answer from Jeff Pearl 

 

 

Aug 06, 2017 08:20 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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No problems here so I leave without worry.

Aug 06, 2017 06:57 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Whoa! Didn't know that cou'd happen.  Thanks for scope.

Aug 06, 2017 05:57 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We leave the surge protectors for our computers on all of the time.

 

Aug 06, 2017 05:42 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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We unplug chargers, but leave the one surge protector plugged in. I know they can be a fire hazard. My brother recently came hom to find that his surge protector had shorted out and burned. The wall was black from smoke and the carpet was burned, but luckily it burned itself out and the fire didn't spread.

Aug 07, 2017 04:14 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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I leave everything plugged in, but now I'm wondering if that's a good idea.

Aug 07, 2017 03:11 AM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Guilty, although I do unplug the coffeemaker, toaster and flat iron after each use. I never thought about flipping the breaker, that is a great idea, Fred, and we definitely need to do that when we evacuate.

 

Aug 06, 2017 10:07 PM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Everything on 24/7.

Got so many gadgets and appliances. The only thing I disconnect is the toaster after I use it - I have no idea why.

Aug 06, 2017 10:02 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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They are there and I rely on them!

Aug 06, 2017 09:28 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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No I don't unplug but, it looks like we should!  That's scary!

Aug 06, 2017 09:10 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have not seen this happen before, but I usually unplug a lot of stuff that can be unplugged.

Aug 06, 2017 07:52 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I have not experienced this!  Would be awful if it did. 

Aug 06, 2017 06:05 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Yes I have & everything turned out ok & the office wasn't burned down. 

Here I thought you were going to talk about 'ghosting' where appliances that seem to be turned off are actually still using juice.

Aug 07, 2017 05:23 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I've not personally seen this, Fred. And yes, I do leave things plugged in when not at home.

Aug 07, 2017 03:31 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Fred Griffin - one socket is still not burned down...

Aug 06, 2017 11:29 PM
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
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Not unplug but I do turn off stuff I'm not using.

Aug 06, 2017 10:32 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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I unplug small appliances but that's it

Aug 06, 2017 10:14 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Yes I do, thanks for the warning Fred.

Aug 06, 2017 09:42 PM
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

Yes I do leave them plugged. I hope the burnout or meltdown never happens.

Sep 05, 2017 06:28 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I keep them plug in but now I am wondering about that.

 

Aug 12, 2017 03:53 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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I do use them on most of my devices and have not heard of one melting.

Aug 07, 2017 08:21 PM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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Yikes.  I wonder what caused that.  It does look old.  I wonder if it was faulty or the wall wiring. I never leave my hoverboard unattended and turned on though!

Aug 07, 2017 01:47 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
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Wow - that would be a bummer.  We've never had an issue even in our monsoon season when we can get huge lightening storms

Aug 07, 2017 11:37 AM
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Wow, I leave mine plugged in, but had a power surge not so long ago and the strips protected the TV's etc but blew. If going away not a bad idea to unplug them, but never seen one melt.

Aug 07, 2017 08:59 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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AS long as everything is plugged in properly and not overloaded, problems are extremely are. I don't fret over such things.

Aug 07, 2017 08:47 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I always leave mine plugged in and on.  Usually powering something.  I haven't seen/heard about them melting, usually wall fires from poor electric runs or people plugging stuff into the other outlet in addition to a full surge protector.

Aug 07, 2017 07:48 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

We no longer use surge protectors due to the danger - we use UPS now in all our rooms

Aug 07, 2017 07:21 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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We try to turn off if leaving for a few days, but not hours.

Aug 07, 2017 07:19 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
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It does happen and they suck electricity even when not being used

Aug 07, 2017 06:50 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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ouch be safe

Aug 07, 2017 06:25 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin I've never seen one or heard of one melting or burning. It makes you think twice about leaving something pluged in.

Aug 07, 2017 06:25 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Surge protectors are a must is what I learned the "hard" way...

Aug 07, 2017 06:24 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I do and i have not, but after this, maybe i should unplug

Aug 07, 2017 06:03 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

When I'm gone over a week I disconnect the power vampires. Not for fear they will explode or meltdown but becuase Duke Energy does not need more of my money.

Aug 07, 2017 05:25 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, and luckily I have not seen anything like this in my home.

Aug 07, 2017 05:12 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kathleen Daniels  nailed this one!

Aug 07, 2017 05:04 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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No, but it's something to consider.

Aug 07, 2017 04:37 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Something to think about

Aug 07, 2017 04:28 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Aug 07, 2017 03:07 AM