Why would you put a robotic vacuum on a counter top? Certain instances might cause you to try something like this on the fly, without thinking ahead enough. For example, these people decided to clean up some spilled cereal by placing their vacuum on the counter. But when they left it on the counter, it managed to switch on again and ended up on the stove top:
“The home-owner had put the small robot on the work surface to clean up some spilled cereal,” he said.
“Once the robot had done its job it was switched off but left on the kitchen sideboard,” he said.
“Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the work surface where it pushed a cooking pot out of the way and basically that was the end of it.
“It pretty quickly started to melt underneath and then stuck to the kitchen hotplate. It then caught fire. By the time we arrived, it was just a pile of ash.
This is one of those instances that probably could have been avoided, but hey it’s just a mistake. People are going to have to get used to robots in the home, especially if they have the ability to move around on their own. When you get machines that can move on their own, I suppose it’s just a matter of time before they manage to do something like this on their own as well.
Either way – be mindful of what your robotic vacuums are capable of. They are designed to be very safe, but if you use them outside of their normal context you never know what can happen.