I am not a very girly girl, so my straighteners mainly stay in my drawer out of sight, along with make up and all the other trimmings I should use to make myself more presentable but never find the time to do!
On the very rare occasion I do straighten my hair it would be when the boys are already tucked up in bed. But I know lots of people use them in the mornings or during the day when their children are up and about. I never realised that straighteners actually take up to 40 minutes to cool down, so in that time left unattended they are a real danger to young inquisitive children.
Children are particularly vulnerable to burns because their skin is up to 15 times thinner than adults something I have only just learnt from the article on the Electrical Safety First website and given that hair straighteners can reach temperatures of over 220°C its vitally important to remain vigilant.
Sadly one in ten burns for children are a result of hair straighteners; so if you really do need to use them make sure you leave them adequate time to cool down in a suitably safe place to protect curious hands from harm. You can buy special heatproof pouches to contain the straighteners after use. I admittedly do not have one, but I think they are a clever idea and a worthwhile buy if you use straighteners with any regularity. ghd have a gorgeous one on their website, so being safe can also make you super stylish!
I have accidentally burnt myself just straightening my hair and getting the hot plate too close to my hand. It really did hurt, so I am glad to promote this campaign to hopefully prevent children stumbling upon unattended straighteners and doing even more damage. Lets pass on the message, as it’s easy enough to change our habits to reduce burns from electrical beauty products.
You can also watch their video with a doll and crying in the background because the doll has been badly burnt. I am not the best with dolls so I have not embedded it, but watching it does bring home the risks of beauty burns. Electrical Safety First certainly know how best to make you realise the importance of sensible precautions when using electrical appliances.