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WARNING: Hair Straighteners

Tuesday 1st Sep

There has been an increasing number of children receiving burn injuries from contact with a hair straightener. Burn injuries to the hands are the most common, where children have grabbed the hot hair straightener, but injuries have also occur to the head, arms, feet and face.

A hair straightener can reach temperatures of up to 220°C in under 10 minutes. That’s hot enough to fry an egg and hot enough to cause serious injury to a child and leave life long scars.

Even when switched off a hair straightener can be just as dangerous - it can take over 30 minutes for a hair straightener to cool down to a ‘safe temperature.’

When using a hair straightener ensure that young children do not have access to it. Keep hair straighteners and cords up and out of reach. When you have finished using it, switch it off and unplug it, place it in a heat proof bag and put it away somewhere out of reach.

First aid for burns and scalds

  • Immediately run the injury under cool running water for 20 minutes.
  • Once you have cooled the burn down cover it with a non-adherent dressing such as cling wrap, alfoil or a clean wet dressing
  • Seek medical attention if the burn is deep - even if the child cannot feel it, is bigger than a 20 cent piece, is on the face, airways, hands or genital area or if you are unsure of the severity of the burn
  • In an emergency call 000 while you are cooling your child’s burn or scald.


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