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Thread: Safety Tip

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    Junior Member Marjoeal's Avatar
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    This is one of those "why didn't I think of that" things. I have a problem remembering to turn off my iron when I leave my sewing room for the evening. I paid some money for it and I'm terrified of fire, but still from time to time I find I have left it on. The light on the iron is small and very unnoticable. While reading on-line today something made me think of plugging the iron into the same socket with the lamp I use next to the ironing table. I used an extension cord for now, but I plan to get a surge protector for these plugs. Now when I leave the room, I have only one disconnect for both things and if the light is on, my iron is on, too. It won't happen again!

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    Brilliant!

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    I have the same fear and I was always told to never plug your iron in to the same outlet as your sewing machine because they take so much energy, even if they are on a surge protector. My dealer even told me that when I bought my machine so I plug my light and iron in one socket on the one wall and my machine in another socket on the other wall and I unplug both surge protectors as I leave the room and everything is good

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    Excellent idea, no more going to bed wondering if you turned it off, if light are out it's all good. Thanks for sharing.

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    That will definitely make you feel safer at night. When we renovated our house and I was able to get a dedicated sewing room, I had a 20 amp outlet put in with a light switch for the iron. When I leave the sewing room, if all the light switches are off, then I know for sure that the iron is off. Sometimes I have to put the iron somewhere else in the sewing room and I always use a power strip for that (it doesn't have to be a surge protector, just a power strip will work).

    This idea will be wonderful to lots of people. Thanks for posting it! :thumbup:

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    Excellent idea!

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    That's what I loved about my first apartment. It was a 1 bedroom with a huge bathroom. The outlet in the bathroom was controlled by the switch. I did all my ironing in there because it was so big and I never had to worry about leaving the iron on, because I was very OCD about turning out the light :-D.

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    Thank you for the tip.

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    Good for u!!

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    I plug mine into a serge protector strip along with my lamp. Then use the on/off switch for both. It's easier to remember to turn it off when the light is on.

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    I finally had to break down and buy an iron that shuts itself off. The only drawback is that sometimes it shuts off while I'm working cause I get involved in sewing and not pressing...and when I go to the iron..it's off.

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    I've always had my iron & lamp plugged into the surge protector. Yes, it works great.

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    I have everything on my surge...sewing machines, lamps, iron and light box...One switch to turn everything off....

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    I have an iron that turns itself off cause I left my iron on one time over night and it really scared me. Like the idea of light off, iron off.

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    Love the idea... I have a stupid iron that turns itself off after 30 mins regardless if I am using it or not. It drives me crazy... I keep wanting to get a new one but it is way down on my list of things to buy..

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    Thanks for the tip!!! Now I wont forget either.

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    My iron, a real cheap one because I dropped and broke 2 irons before I bought this one, will turn itself off after 8 minutes. It's not really "off", but the heat level is reduced to almost undetectable.

    Even so, I am in the habit of unplugging the iron when I am done with it.

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    Great idea. It is so easy to forget to unplug them. Thank you for sharing this idea with us.

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    I have my iron and a radio on the same power strip. Radio playing reminds me to shut it off when I leave the room. Sewing machine and light is on another power strip.

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    Great idea for safety and peace of mind.

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    I see the light!! Thanks for the idea. From another leave the iron on quilter.

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    Great idea. I shudder to think what might happen. Wouldn't it be great if they made an iron that shut off after a given period of time?

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    I bought a little stretchy bracelet for a dollar and I put it on the handle of my little Rowenta iron. When I plug it in, I put the bracelet on. When I unplug it, I take the bracelet off and hook it back onto the handle of the iron. IF I get downstairs and still have the bracelet on, I KNOW that I have to run back up and unplug the iron. SIMPLE

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    If you are going to use an extension cord make sure you get a real heavy duty one - thicker than the normal ones. Irons put a big strain on regular cords. just a thought.

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    Thanks for the great idea. I, too have a problem with remembering to turn it completely off.

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