Hair Straighteners

Electrical beauty products

Hair straighteners, and other electrical beauty products, are seen by many as an essential. But they can be very dangerous, particularly to children. 

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Straighteners can reach temperatures of over 220°C and then take up to forty minutes to cool down after use.

Straighteners can cause severe burns if they touch the skin, with children particularly vulnerable as their skin can be 15 times thinner than adults.

The majority of hair straightener burns among children happen when toddlers touch, grab or tread on the hot hair straightener plates. Nearly half of all adults have also received a burn from a heated hair appliance.

Our video highlights the dangers of leaving your straighteners unattended near toddlers.

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Turn them off. Put them away.

Keep your children safe

If you use hair straighteners, follow our top tips to make sure that you, and your children, stay safe from electrical burns:

  • Keep hair straighteners out of reach of children
    Children’s skin can be 15 times thinner than that of adults so it’s important to keep them out of reach of little feet and hands.
  • Use a heat proof pouch
    Hair straighteners stay hot up to forty minutes after they have been switched off. A heat proof pouch is the easiest and safest way to store a product after use.
  • Keep them away from skin
    Do not allow the any of the hot plates to come into contact with the face, neck or scalp when using straighteners.
  • Seek medical attention
    In the event of a serious burn, follow the "three Cs":
    • Cool the burn with running tap water for 20 minutes if within three hours of burn injury. Do not apply ice, butter or toothpaste. Remove any clothing, jewellery or nappies.
    • Call for help - 111, 999 or your local GP for advice
    • Cover the cooled burn with loose Clingfilm or a clean non-fluffy cloth. Warm the patient.

Find out what more you can do to protect children from hair straightener burns and other accidents by visiting the Children's Burns Trust website.