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Posted on: 7/25/07 10:42 AM
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It could prove dangerous to leave your iron on when unattended.

I would like to share this information that I saw as a tip on Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.

To help you remember to turn the iron off, keep a elastic bracelet on the ironing board. When you turn the iron on, out the bracelet on. If you leave the room with the bracelet on, you will know to go back and turn the iron off.

This tip was originally given to a grandmother by her young grandson. It was very clever of him.

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KatrinaWalker said... (7/30/07 2:49 PM) Reply
If you have a handy husband, or are handy yourself, you can create the solution my husband did - make an electrical box with a timer. Mine has a long, heavy-duty cord with 3 prong plug attached to an outlet box that has space for a rectangular timer on one side, and two three-prong plug receptacles on the other. It works great - you do have to reset the timer every hour (you can buy different hour works for me). But I know that my iron won't be left on for more than one hour if I forget.
Nancywin said... (7/30/07 9:52 AM) Reply
I love your idea. My iron does not have an "off" button, so I have it plugged into a serge protector with the light. I know that I have to turn off the surge protector in order to turn off the light and the iron.
OP Gal said... (7/28/07 9:23 PM) Reply
Great tip. I live in fear of leaving my iron on!
Mufffet said... (7/28/07 4:46 PM) Reply
Spicegirl - THAT is a great idea...a little vracelet that reads it out to me. Thanks.
PattiAnnJ said... (7/27/07 5:03 PM) Reply
I was thinking of making a bracelet from letter beads that would read - turn off the iron!
Karine said... (7/26/07 10:02 AM) Reply
Great idea. I would hate to admit to the number of times I have come into my sewing room to find the iron on from days earlier.
Karla Kizer said... (7/26/07 6:07 AM) Reply
I used to do the same thing before cars had those bells that alert you that your lights are still on. Never thought to transfer the idea to the sewing room. Now to find an iron that STAYS ON.
Mary Stiefer said... (7/25/07 11:29 PM) Reply
Great idea
Mufffet said... (7/25/07 11:01 AM) Reply
That's quite ingenious! Now...if only I could remember why I am wearing this pesky rubber band! - just kidding - it *IS* a great idea!
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