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Thread: Swithching Irons Can Be Dangerous

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    My new iron bit the dust after only 2 years :evil:
    I would grumble over it's auto shut off feature every time I would have to unplug and replug it into the wall...
    So I get out my old iron...and I left it plugged in and on :shock: over night forgetting that it did not have this feature...and left it plugged in and on for most of yesterday, too!!
    I just wanted to remind all of you to be aware of this... we tend to get "conditioned" to the new bells and whistles and that can make our "back ups" very dangerous appliances to bring back out in emergencies...
    I am off to buy another iron, one that I can cuss out when the auto shut off feature kicks in :D :D :wink: :wink: :wink:

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    LOL!!! my new iron has a auto shut-off too, drives me nuts, but now I have gotten used to not shutting the iron off all the way. In fact mine does not have a on/off switch. I just try to remember to dial it all the way down but I hate having to unplug it, so I don't.

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    hehehee I don't have an iron with all the bells and whistles but I remember I left mine on in the kitchen and left the house for the day. OH BOY Luckly the cat and dog didn't get into mischief, so now I unplug not matter what.

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    I was always so good about unplugging mine too, until I bought the new one...

    I just came home with yet another iron to argue with LMBO but atleast I won't be getting on the plane for a 2 week vacation, wondering, Did I leave the that *%#^ iron plugged in/on????

    Although, I do turn off all of my breakers, except for the fridge, when I leave for extended time frames... and then I have to go through the house looking for flashing lights on all the the electronics :shock: and remember that it takes a couple of hours to get hot water :roll:

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    My iron has the auto-shut-off too, but all I have to do is push a little button on the top of the handle & that reheats it again. I used to also unplug it whenever I was done with it, but right now there's too much, um, STUFF, in the way to easily get to the plug! :roll:

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    I have never been good at unplugging one, so i have to have one with automatic shut off!!

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    When DH refinished my sewing room, he put a receptacle with a switch about halfway up the wall where I plug in my iron. When I want to turn my iron on or off, all I have to do is flip the switch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    My new iron bit the dust after only 2 years :evil:
    I would grumble over it's auto shut off feature every time I would have to unplug and replug it into the wall...
    So I get out my old iron...and I left it plugged in and on :shock: over night forgetting that it did not have this feature...and left it plugged in and on for most of yesterday, too!!
    I just wanted to remind all of you to be aware of this... we tend to get "conditioned" to the new bells and whistles and that can make our "back ups" very dangerous appliances to bring back out in emergencies...
    I am off to buy another iron, one that I can cuss out when the auto shut off feature kicks in :D :D :wink: :wink: :wink:
    I've discovered that all I have to do to 'turn' my auto off iron back on is to MOVE it. It just takes about 30 seconds to reheat. Don't have to uplug/replug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    So I get out my old iron...and I left it plugged in and on :shock: over night forgetting that it did not have this feature...and left it plugged in and on for most of yesterday, too!!
    I have an iron WITH an auto-off feature and the other day it apparently didn't - shut off, I mean. DH came in to my sewing room to iron his shirt and he yelled for me to come check out the "hot smell" in my room. The iron was smokin' hot a day after I had used it.

    I thought about a mnemonic device: Hang a sign from a string in the doorway that reads: Turn iron off! or something like that.

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    I'm paranoid - my iron supposedly shuts itself off - but I still unplug it when I leave the room - I'm worried about the cat climbing on the ironing board and knocking it off - I also put the iron on the floor when I leave.

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    Mine doesn't have auto shut off , and during a recent discussion here on the board I also learned mine doesn't really shut off all the way unless it is unplugged :roll: So now I make sure it is always unplugged when I am not using it :oops:

    So how is that new iron ? Giving it a good work out ?

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    My new iron works great!!! :D But reading these answers reminded me about a coffee pot I had one time...supposed to shut off after 2 hours but it started to fail, too....
    I think I will go with the hang a sign around my neck while I have my iron plugged in!!! I guess it isn't good to rely on anything electric to shut itself off... :?

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    oh my .... scary......i need a new iron someday when i can afford one, but i think i'll get one with auto shut off.

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    That's scary!!!
    I've smoked a few irons...so I always unplug it.
    ( It burned a quilt I had just put the last block on ) :evil:
    Don't want to say someday...I should have unplugged it.
    Please don't relie on the auto shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    So I get out my old iron...and I left it plugged in and on :shock: over night forgetting that it did not have this feature...and left it plugged in and on for most of yesterday, too!!
    I have an iron WITH an auto-off feature and the other day it apparently didn't - shut off, I mean. DH came in to my sewing room to iron his shirt and he yelled for me to come check out the "hot smell" in my room. The iron was smokin' hot a day after I had used it.

    I thought about a mnemonic device: Hang a sign from a string in the doorway that reads: Turn iron off! or something like that.
    hey, what a great idea! I too, have both kinds of irons, and yup, I have come back a day later, and found the 'always on', one, still dialed on.
    Great tip for us, 'forgetfuls" :D

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    Amma!!! Nooooo leaveeee da iron on!!! LOL you're too precious to us to become scorched ya know!!!

    Having very "helpful" youngins around means I ALWAYS unplug my iron. Especially since I sew upstairs and have to iron downstairs. I don't dare leave that baby plugged in!!

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    Think about the Olisso iron that you leave flat and it pops up.
    You could burn the house down if you went back to a regualr iron.

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    I live alone and do not have animals to play with my iron, I do put it completely away when my grands or other kids are visiting...to tempting for them to want to help :roll:

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    I always unplug mine. I heard that 40% of your electric bill is plugged in but not in use appliances (I kinda doubt it's that high) so I try to unplug most when they're not in use.

    I was also raised by a worrying jewish aunt, so I can't run appliances (laundry, dishwasher) when I'm not home... I'm not sure exactly why, since I'm usually not near enough in the home to see if they explode, I just know that I CAN'T physically walk out of the house with things on... I've tried :shock:

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    i have my iron cord slung over one of those pulleys. there's a weight on the cord that pulls the cord down and out of the way. when i finish ironing and put it way over to the end of the board, the weight pulls the cord all the way down and reminds me to unplug. i can't turn it off because i bounced it too many times. reminder to self: irons do NOT bounce :roll:

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    I do not have trouble with my iron, only with my curling iron! I always forget to turn it off. I once blew a bunch of breakers on a river cruise ship because I plugged it in wrong. It is a wonder I was not put off the ship and became a German in the city of Passau!
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    Funny you should bring up irons...just had to replace mine today, too! I had one of the auto off but it sprang a leak. Spots all over the ironing board cover so I got another B & D auto shut off. I have my iron plugged into a surge protector and then into the wall. I shut the surge protector off every evening after ironing or finishing the sewing.

    I sure didn't spend as much today as I did on the last one. I only had it for a year and a half. Crazy things just don't last long enough!!

    Hugs,
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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    I always unplug mine. I heard that 40% of your electric bill is plugged in but not in use appliances (I kinda doubt it's that high) so I try to unplug most when they're not in use.

    I was also raised by a worrying jewish aunt, so I can't run appliances (laundry, dishwasher) when I'm not home... I'm not sure exactly why, since I'm usually not near enough in the home to see if they explode, I just know that I CAN'T physically walk out of the house with things on... I've tried :shock:
    me either, but, it's bc my parents house burned down, when they left the gas dryer on, and went to Disney World. The neighbor called me after she called the fire dept. and I was the one who had to interrupt their vacation :cry: The timer on the machine did not work to stop it, and it kept running and got hotter and hotter.

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    Mine is an auto shut off, but all you have to do is move it and it heats back up. I'm always afraid the cats will bump it and I'll have a fire. I just unplug it after I am done with it. It just makes me feel safer.

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    well folks i also learned my lesson to my daughter got remarried in nov.an i made what she wore for her wedding an sewed my grand son a pair of pants an me being the person i am I had to iron his pants so there was no rinkles in his pants.well we went next door for wedding an myson came back to house after it was over an I made a mistake an left my old iron an i was sewing at kitchen table an now i have a perminant hot spot on my dinner table. it' the shape of the iron. :? :?

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