I do worry a bit about leaving *any* appliance running for many hours unattended.. but, as others have noted, slow cookers are designed to work this way.
My only modification is that I'm careful to set it upon a heat-resistant surface, such as my stovetop or one of those heat resistant pads made to use beside the stove.
I'm also very careful that the cord doesn't contact the cooker anywhere other than where it plugs in (if your cord is removable).
My cooker is moderately geriatric, which gives me a bit of pause... but it's never given me any reason to believe it would go wild and start a house (kitchen) fire. The only instance I've ever heard of in my circles is of a lady who ran her cooker with an extension cord in the loop... and NO appliance should EVER be used (abused) that way.
I think they're pretty safe, used as directed.
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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