The Reset Button Mystery

This is perhaps a post suited more to women, or men who are very metrosexual (do people still use that word?).

You know it’s happened to you. You plug in your hair dryer, flip your hair upside down to start drying it, turn the dryer on, and nothing happens. “That’s odd,” you think, and you push that magical little red button on the plug that says “reset” and go about drying your hair.

Have you ever stopped to think about WHY you have to push that button? It does not make sense. You don’t have to do that with any other household appliance. Toasters, curling irons, waffle makers, hair straighteners, irons, coffeemakers – none of these mysteriously stop working but begin again when you push the magic button. The mystery of the “reset” button and its loyal brother the “test” button has confounded me for years. Today, I have taken it upon myself to look up this information and bring it to you.

According to http://www.cosmtools.com, the “reset” and “test” buttons on the dryer are safety features, designed to prevent you from electrocuting yourself. Specifically, the reset button is there as an automatic shut-off of sorts. If you drop your dryer in a bathtub full of water, the reset button pops up and shuts off the dryer so you don’t fry yourself. The test button is basically there to open up certain kinds of electrical outlets so that the dryer will work. Why hair dryers require these special buttons and other small appliances do not is still a mystery to me. If anyone knows the answer, please post it.

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