How Hot Does an Iron Get

How hot does an iron get? An average yearly accounting of burns reported in the United States is approximately 2.4 million. Unfortunately, regardless of how many times an individual may become burned when using a clothes iron, many people simply don't pair up the word "dangerous" with the appliance called a "clothes iron." A clothes iron can be dangerous. It is not an appliance that children or the elderly should use, nor is it an appliance that should be used carelessly.

The settings on a clothes iron are set according to the type of clothing the manufacturer assumes you will be ironing and the temperature goes up as you move the level around the dial. If you iron acrylic on a setting other than what is identified as the correct temperature setting for acrylic, the fabric will burn. The same goes for other fabrics. If you accidentally touch a hot iron you will get burned.

How Hot Does an Iron Get?
Clothes irons have adjustable temperatures and should be used according to the manufacturer's directions, only. As you move the lever forward around the dial, the temperature rises accordingly. While all clothes irons may vary in temperature, a general guide is set below with the settings moving across the dial from coolest to highest:

  • acrylic-107
  • nylon/silk-121
  • rayon-132
  • cotton blends-149
  • wool-166
  • cotton-193
  • linen-204

Keep in mind that once turned on, the temperature of an iron can rise even higher when held against the fabric for any length of time. And while many newer models of clothes irons are equipped with automatic shutoff switches, this safety mechanism is not installed on every iron. Never leave a clothes iron unattended and never allow a child, young adult, or elderly person use a clothes iron.

If the burning question, "How hot does an iron get?" has still not been answered for you, perhaps a better visual would be a burn chart, written according to various temperatures of heated water. Remember that temperatures on all clothes irons vary and also that water holds heat better than metal, so steam irons are particularly dangerous.
Temperature                          2nd Degree Burn                    3rd Degree Burn
113                                          2 hours                                     3 hours
120 (nylon/silk setting)           8 minutes                                 10 minutes
131 (rayon setting)                 17 seconds                             30 seconds
149 (cotton blends)                3 seconds                               1 second
166 and higher                       upon touch                               upon touch

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