Safe Ironing Around Kids

Kids of all ages, especially the little ones, are very curious and really like the adventure of discovering their surroundings. This may also include touching an iron, especially because it’s hard to tell when an iron is hot.

Here are some safety tips and products that you may use for keeping your kid nice and safe around the hot machines, iron including.

  • The iron guard

This is one little device that you can use when storing a hot iron right after you’ve used it.

  • The ironing centers

You may store your ironing board and your hot iron in there right after you’re done with your ironing.

These are just some of the many products out there that are designed for increasing your child’s safety when ironing.

There are also some things for you to do it for keeping him/her safe:

  • Try not to use hot appliances when your little ones are around you
  • Don’t let your kids use the iron
  • Make sure the cords are out of the reach of children
  • Unplug the iron the second you’re done with it, placing it away from your kids.
  • You shouldn’t iron on the floor or on the bed as you can make the iron easy to reach by your kid.
  • Always make sure that the ironing board is stable when you’re using it. You never want it to trip over your little one
  • Try to fold the ironing board and store it away when you’re done with ironing
  • You may simply want to get a cordless iron so that there’s not cord wrapping around the iron or for your kid to play with
  • Check to see if the cord has any breakage or dampness
  • Get an iron with automatic shut-off or an alert system when it’s left idle for more than a couple of minutes
  • Store your curler/straightener in a dry and cool area
  • Never stay close to the bath tub, running show nor the sink while using the hair curler/straightener
  • It’s a good idea to use only the low temperature on your hair appliances as they give great results like that too
  • Let the curler/hair straightener to cool down away from your children. The hair appliances may be hot for quite some time.

How to handle burns

Should an accident happen around the ironing board, it’s good to know a thing or two about the burns. There are three main categories: first, second and third degree, depending on how bad the skin is burned.

A hot iron or a hair straightener may cause each of the three types of burns and it’s important to recognize them in order to address them well.

No matter the type though, you should start by lowering the temperature of the burned area for lowering the damage to the skin and the underlying tissues.

Should your kid get burned, First Aid is crucial and every second is important. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Cool the scald right away in some cool running water for 20 minutes. You’re not only calming your kid like this, but you’re also minimizing the risk for scarring and on-going medical attention
  • Get to the doctor
  • Never use oil, butter, ice, soy sauce or any ointments as they may cause greater damage to the skin
  • Keep your kid warm using a blanket
  • The further the burn goes into the skin, the less painful the burn is
  • The contact burns from hair irons and irons are a common cause of injury for kids younger than 6. Most of the time, they’re quite severe and need medical treatment

Conclusion

Always make sure there are not hot irons around your kid, nor ironing board either. Better safe than sorry is the rule to follow all the time.

Are Straps Important for the Ironing Board Cover?

No matter how much you may be enjoying ironing or how tight the cover on the ironing board may be, you still end up with some wrinkles on your clothes. Holding tight the cover of the ironing board is almost mission impossible so you’re looking around for the tricks and tips to follow so that the results you get when ironing are as planned.

What are the straps?

If you ever looked on the back of your ironing board, you may have noticed some straps. Sometimes they keep the cover tight enough so the clothes are wrinkles-free when you’re done with ironing. On the other hand, you may also find yourself in the situation when nothing seems to hold the cover of the ironing board tighten enough for the wrinkle-free results.

Most of the straps out there are made of elastic band and they’re made to hold the ironing board cover secure and in place throughout the ironing. No matter how great the elastic band of the cover was in the beginning, frequent washes may lower its resilience, so the strap becomes useless at some point.

The quality varies and here are some important things that count for a good quality strap:

  • They are easy to use.

You only need to clip onto each side of your cover. If the elastic is too long, you may simply place diagonal across bottom, getting a crisscross pattern. You shouldn’t have any problems when attaching them either.

  • They come in set

Most of the straps out there come in set of 3 or 4, variously sized. This way, you may hold the ironing board cover in various places, using the right size of strap for the various widths.

  • They hold secure

You want the clips on the straps go be made of strong metal so that they keep in place the ironing board cover.

  • The elastic band is high quality

It’s important for the straps that the elastic is good quality, able to maintain its flexibility even after long time use.

  • They’re easy to clean

Even though they are made of polyester and elastodiene, it’s important that they’re also washable.

  • Their clips are strong

The clips on the straps are also important. You want them to be strong enough to hold the cover, yet to remain easy to attach/detach. You don’t want to put much muscle into clipping them, but you want the cover to stay in place.

Most of the good clips are made of steel and have a “sure-grip” at each end.

  • They’re versatile

No matter how much you’re paying for it, you want the set of straps to hold your ironing board cover. This means it should come with all the sizes that you need for tightening the cover.

Final thought

Even if you never thought about it, the lack of some good straps on your ironing board cover may be the reason for which your clothes aren’t wrinkle-free after you ironed them. Just yet…