ELECTRICAL SAFETY QUIZ

BELIEF #6:

AN IRON LEFT ON AND SITTING UPRIGHT ALL DAY WILL START A FIRE.

No. As long as the appliance is sitting by itself on a fire-resistant ironingboard cover, you shouldn't have any problems. Yes, an iron that's lying face down on a fabric that burns easily could be a risk. So could an iron that gets knocked off the board by a cat, a child or a person hurrying out the door to get to work. If it lands on something flammable, such as drapes or a magazine, flames could follow.

If you return home one evening and discover that the iron (or any other small appliance) was accidentally left on, take a moment to nspect the plug and the outlet that it s plugged into. Even though the appliance has been on all day, neither the plug nor the outlet should be warm. If either is, or if the plug doesn't fit snugly into the outlet, check the wiring or replace the outlet, says Sherry Bunton, a consumer group representative with the General Electric Answer Center in Louisville. "If any outlet or plug becomes hot, there's definitely a greater safety risk involved." And it's telling you that something is wrong. Therefore, call an electrlcian.

 

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Adapted from "Shocking Truths About Electricity In The Home" by Mick Hans.

Family Safety and Health, Winter 1992-1993. 

Thanks to Ken Lomax for the info.

October Safety Poster

Posted 10/99