Hair straightener safety in West Lothian

Hair straightener safety in West Lothian

People in West Lothian are being warned about the dangers hair straighteners can pose to children following an increase in the number of accidental burns.

A recent audit identified an increase in the number of young children (aged 0-3 years old) burnt in the last year, with most of those burns sustained through standing-on or picking-up the devices.

As a result West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership is collaborating in an initiative by the Scottish Burned Children's Club in which leaflets and posters will appear in health centres, family centres and hairdressers in West Lothian to raise awareness of hair straightener safety.

Diane Lumley, Staysafe’s home safety Co-ordinator, West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership, said: “It’s important to highlight the dangers associated with hair straighteners. These posters will help to raise awareness about those dangers and hopefully people will take notice.

“Typically hair straighteners will reach around 220°C, which is an extremely high temperature. It’s easy to forget that once they’re unplugged they can still burn a child up to eight minutes afterwards and the burn can be as bad as that produced by an iron.”

Mark Stevenson, Chairman, Scottish Burned Children's Club, added: “Our aim is to help to reduce the number of children sustaining injuries by coming into contact with these potentially dangerous pieces of equipment and by promoting safe practice in relation to the dangers associated with burns and scalds. 

“After use, switch off and unplug the hair straighteners, then put them away to cool down out of the reach and sight of children.

“These posters will help to raise awareness and the message is simple. Keep out of reach.”

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Notes to Editors 

Issued: February 2012
David Ridd
Communications Officer
NHS Lothian
0131 465 5648
david.ridd@nhs.net

27/02/2012