Reminder to turn iron off

Have you ever left the house and come back to find that you left the iron on? Nowadays, most irons have automatic off settings. However, even in automatic off, the iron is still in standby mode. And in standby mode you are still using power and still have the danger of a fire from an unattended iron.

There’s a little trick that I use to be sure my iron is turned completely off before I leave the house or before I go to sleep at night. And this works especially well with something like a mini iron which is so easy to forget. I plug the iron and a small lamp into a power strip and turn all three of them to the on position. Then, when I’m ready to turn the iron completely off and leave the room, I use the switch on the power strip. If I forget and leave the iron on, the lamp is also on and it’s easy to see that because of the light in the room. I don’t even have to go back into the room to look directly at the iron because I can tell whether it’s on by whether the light is on.

On other fronts – what a busy week this has been. I’ve had dentist appointments and visited with friends, had doctor appointments with Ezri, and babysat one of the new babies. Ezri is so proud of her new baby brother. And she got a great report at the doctor’s office this week and has grown an inch in the last four months. Her growth slowed to almost nothing for the year after her third surgery, so it’s nice to see her getting taller again. Her teacher says she is making great progress in pre-school, and she is becoming very social. We couldn’t be more pleased.

And my Mom is doing well, although getting weaker and sleeping/resting more every day. She is up for meals but back into bed to rest for most of the day. She actually got out of the house for a church event last Saturday. The Hospice nurse assured her that it was fine to go out if she felt like it. We’re going to try to get the new baby, Ezri and the rest of the family over for a visit in the next few days. 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

6 thoughts on “Reminder to turn iron off”

  1. Marjorie, that’s a great idea about the power strip. My iron does not have auto shutoff, so I’m always running upstairs to check on it after I’m done for the day.

    Great news about your granddaughter and your Mom. I’m sure seeing the little ones will perk her up.

  2. What a wonderful idea, I like that.

    Elleen is right, seeing the little ones will perk your mom right up. You are a wonderful daughter!

  3. Love the idea about the iron, I am always forgetting to unplug it. I know someone that forgot to unplug a electric blanket and caught their house on fire. So yes it is a good idea to turn these things off.
    Glad the little ones are coming to visit.

  4. Thanks for the tip on the iron. I used to have mine plugged into the socket controlled by the wall switch, but the current bedroom doesn’t seem to have one of those. =P Yours is a good idea. I think my next iron won’t have the auto off, then I know I’m responsible!

    I’m glad your mother got out to the church event. God bless all of you.

  5. Just wanted to say that I love your site and your embroidery designs. Your Tips are very useful also.

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