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    A simple warning!

    Please check the cords on your iron for freying or damage.

    Today I was ironing some fabric that had just been washed and my iron went cold. Thinking I had pulled the cord out of the extension cord I lifted the cord to follow it and it looked like July 4th in my living room. Ok not quite the 4th but sparks were going everywhere. Once I got it unplugged and looked at it the cord had a hole near the end where it had blown out. So once my heart worked it's way back into my chest I cut the end off, threw the iron away and thought I would post a warning.

    Please remember to check those cords on those helpful but electrified tools that we use. I guess sometimes we don't actually see the wear that they are getting.

    Tammy
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    Thanks for the warning!
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    Check the wiring on other things, too -

    Sewing machines and lamps are the two first things that come to mind - especially the vintage ones.

    Those old space heaters too that get the red hot coils are also dangerous.

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    Also toasters! I remember long, long ago, some (NFL?) football player's home burned to the ground, and it was attributed to a toaster, which was not in use, (I believe no one was home at the time,) just plugged in. You don't stop to think when you leave small appliances plugged in that you are entrusting the welfare of everyone and everything in the house to that inexpensive item, but you really are.

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    Thanks for the warning! After reading several previous blogs about irons catching fire, I now always unplug my iron and from now on will check the cords over periodically also.
    Brenda

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    was it a Rowenta by chance? those have been catching fire all by themselves. glad you are all right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    was it a Rowenta by chance? those have been catching fire all by themselves. glad you are all right.
    No not one of those. I don't even remember what it was. I've had it for awhile and had never notices any ware on the cord. It worked well up until today, it actually worked better than the new one I have. I guess it just finally got tired and wanted to rest.

    I never leave my irons plugged in and will have to reconsider leaving the toaster plugged in. I check my cords for my sewing machine because I don't leave them plugged in. I guess the movement of the iron just helped to ware on it.
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    Go to the search at the top of this page and enter unexpected fire and see what happened to a friend of mine last week. These irons are getting a bit scary.
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    I unplug my irons all the time when I'm done using them. And that's part of the reason I'm having cord issues with both of my irons now! It's the extra wear/tear on the plug/cord connection. But I'll still unplug. Just got used to doing that when my dogs had access to wherever I happened to be ironing. Don't care if there's an auto shut-off. Never know what the 4 legged creatures might get spooked by, jump up and knock it over. Not taking chances here.

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    An update on the Rowenta that burst into flames while I was using it - I have received the prepaid label from Rowenta to send it into their factory, however, first I'm going to take it to the Fire Department and get it documented from them. Just as a precaution on my part. There is NO wear on the cord where this shot fire out and burnt it off. I hope your heart is pounding o.k. now - think my is starting to slow down too!

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    Besides the possiblity of me walking off and leaving the iron plugged in, my dogs are crated in my sewing room when we are gone until I can move them out of there. Dolly even pulled one down on herself the other day because mom (me) forgot to put the cord up. I just unplugged it and let it dangle. She's okay,not hurt but felt so guilty that she even yelped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay in Iowa View Post
    An update on the Rowenta that burst into flames while I was using it - I have received the prepaid label from Rowenta to send it into their factory, however, first I'm going to take it to the Fire Department and get it documented from them. Just as a precaution on my part. There is NO wear on the cord where this shot fire out and burnt it off. I hope your heart is pounding o.k. now - think my is starting to slow down too!
    Wow, that is scarey. Great idea letting someone at your local fire dept. look at it and verify that ther is something wrong that caused it to shoot fire. I think that is probably be a smart move. Glad your okay to. Heart finally worked it's way back into the chest and no harm done. LOL
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    Wow! I'm grateful to have my son close -- If a cord gets worn/frayed, he cuts the cord and removes the damaged portion, reconnects the wires and away I go. I'm sure I probably don't use my iron as much as you do, but I've had that happen to me and it scares the bejabbers out of you!

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    Wow! Good thing you caught it before it turned into a disaster. Thanks for reminding us once again to always unplug irons. I unplug the toaster and the coffee maker and if I'm going away - ALL non-essential appliances.

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    I don't have any family near me. Yesterday I realized I had left my iron plugged in. When I went to unplug it there were a few sparks. Now I am scared to plug it back in after reading these posts! What should I do?

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    I left my iron on all night the other night and part of the next morning, when I went in the room I could smell faintly like something was buring and I forgot to unplug my iron, Boy I was lucky and it was a rowenta just bought it about 7 months ago and now afraid to plug it back in. The iron does not have a auto-shut off or a off-on button you have to plug it in and unplug it. I just unplug it so often I though it was off,whew was I lucky.
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    Yes do check, and watch your refrigerators, washers and dryers too for lint buildups. I bought myself a new iron that turns off after a while. i figured it was worth the money just to make sure I didn't leave it on. You can't be too careful, can you?

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    I now have a note taped to the light switch plate in my sewing room. IRON? That reminds me to check and make sure its unplugged, 'cause I have gone off and left it on before.

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    mine are all on power strips...even radios.....and all the power strips are turned off at night.....only flip the switch on for what i am using ...... guess i am scaredy cat !!! LOL less wear on the plugs and my old hands to flip the switch on the power strip

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    Many thanks for the warning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by valsma View Post
    It worked well up until today, it actually worked better than the new one I have. I guess it just finally got tired and wanted to rest.
    In the past I've just had the cord replaced on favourite things like this. Replacements today just aren't the same quality.
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    do auto shut off really work my son is an electrican he says unplug appliances that are not essenticals and he does not trust power strips

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    Quote Originally Posted by valsma View Post
    Please check the cords on your iron for freying or damage.

    Today I was ironing some fabric that had just been washed and my iron went cold. Thinking I had pulled the cord out of the extension cord I lifted the cord to follow it and it looked like July 4th in my living room. Ok not quite the 4th but sparks were going everywhere. Once I got it unplugged and looked at it the cord had a hole near the end where it had blown out. So once my heart worked it's way back into my chest I cut the end off, threw the iron away and thought I would post a warning.

    Please remember to check those cords on those helpful but electrified tools that we use. I guess sometimes we don't actually see the wear that they are getting.

    Tammy
    Wohoa - glad you're ok!
    Love 4 stchen

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    An appliance like an iron, toaster, coffee pot, etc that produce heat should not be plugged in anywhere but the wall. NOT into extension chords, NOT into power strips, but directly into the outlet. Please be careful, you have so much to lose. I suggest you put your ironing board some place where you cannot leave it up long term. So much safer. Glad you are OK and that there was not major damage.
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    Thanks so much for the warning!
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