DormSmart Living Blog: Dorm Safe Ironing: 3-Way Auto Shut Off Irons...

April 10, 2011

Dorm Safe Ironing: 3-Way Auto Shut Off Irons...



I recently came across an advertisement promoting irons without auto shut off to college students as being dorm safe. I then noticed the advertiser is also selling an ironing accessory product, a silicone iron rest pad, touting it as a "smart dorm product." As a parent and the founder of DormSmart.com and Dorm411.com, it concerns me that students may develop a false sense of security...believing that a standard iron without any kind of auto shutoff feature is safe as long as it is used with a silicone iron rest pad...

What is a Silicone Iron Rest Pad?

A silicone iron rest pad is made of specially designed silicone with a raised surface for slip resistant protection that creates a safe place to rest your hot iron while ironing or allowing it to cool off... to protect surfaces from scorching or burning. A useful ironing accessory for someone who is ironing over an extended period of time such as a quilter or someone who needs a place to cool their shut off iron before putting it away. However, a silicone iron rest pad does not have a motion sensor... it cannot detect a falling iron or magically throw itself under a falling iron; an iron that may be knocked off by a busy college student heading out for a long day of classes or home for winter break. In addition, the iron rest pad can become very hot; causing burns if handled before cooling down.

What is considered Dorm Safe when ironing?

If you plan to iron in your college dorm room, it is our opinion that the safest option is to purchase an  iron with 3-way auto shut off; an iron that shuts off in the upright position, down position, and side position in the event you do forget to turn it off, unplug it, or it gets knocked over. A standard size iron is a high wattage appliance (typically 1200 to 1500 watts) so it is important to purchase an iron with the following features:
  • 3-way auto shut off (auto shuts off in the upright, down, and side positions);
  • operates on a standard 110/120v plug; and
  • is UL Listed or ETL Listed (tested to nationally accepted safety standards).

Avoid Circuit Overloads When Ironing...

Do not plug your iron into an outlet with other high wattage appliances. If you must plug your iron into a power strip, we recommend using a Multi Outlet Surge Protector with Overload Protection (protects your appliance purchase from power surges and contains an internal 15 Amp Circuit Breaker to prevent you from overloading the circuit to your dorm room).

3-Way Auto Shut Off Iron versus an External Auto Shut Off Outlet...

We do not recommend using an external auto shut off outlet in your dorm room to control a high wattage appliance like an iron that can be knocked over. It can be unsafe because the auto shut off outlet depends on the student remembering to use it and it does not auto shut off for at least 60 minutes. A quality iron with 3-way auto shut off typically turns off in 15 minutes or less (down to 30 seconds) depending upon the iron's position... definitely a dorm smart product!

Because we care...

At DormSmart.com we care... so we CHOOSE to sell 3-Way Auto Shut Off Irons because we believe them to be the dorm smart option... the safer way to iron for college students so CHOOSE to live dorm smart! Add a 3-Way Auto Shut Off Iron to your dorm supplies checklist!

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