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Why are hair straighteners so dangerous?

Alder Hey Children's Hospital is warning of the dangers of hair straighteners Photo: PA Wire

Alder Hey Children's Hospital is warning parents on Merseyside to be aware of the risks of leaving hair straighteners around children.

But why are they so dangerous?

  • Straighteners can reach temperatures of over 220°C.
  • They can take up to 40 minutes to cool.
  • Children are particularly at risk as their skin can be 15 times thinner than adults.
  • The number of hair straightener burns among children has doubled.
  • They now account for nearly one in ten of all burns.
  • Nearly half of all adults have also received a burn from hair straighteners.

SOURCE: ELECTRICAL SAFETY COUNCIL (ESC)

You can find out more on the ESC website.