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Hot tongs can cause tress stress and distress.


ONCE upon a time, it was all about the big, heated rollers, and then came the glorious crimpers (as children of the 80s will remember).

Tongs and straighteners are the heated hair-styling stalwarts today and it seems they've been getting hotter over the years.

Hot enough to fry your foot, as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is all-too painfully aware.

The X Factor judge revealed she'd burned her foot in a hair-raising encounter with her heated hair appliance ("I stood on a hair tong this morning and I burnt the bottom of my foot," she admitted).

Heated hair appliances are a fairly common cause of burns and even house fires.

Hair straighteners can reach in excess of 200C and take as long as 40 minutes to cool down. Horrific burn injuries can occur very quickly - and most of these are suffered by children.

Research has found that babies and toddlers aged between one and three years are most at risk from straighteners and tongs - often left on the floor.

The most common location for a serious burn is the hand, but injuries have been sustained to the head, arm and foot.

They can leave scarring and may even need skin grafts, and can reach tendons within seconds, possibly resulting in victims' fingers being permanently curled over.

There's also a danger of house fires being started by appliances left unattended.

Putting them into heat-proof storage pouches after use can help reduce the danger. Plus, while hot, never leave them on or near flammable surfaces.

Store them out of the sight and reach of children.

Ashley Martin, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: "Our advice is to turn hair straighteners off and store them in a heat-resistant bag immediately after use to prevent nasty injuries occurring to yourself or your young ones."


PLAY SAFE Turn straighteners off right away

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Date:Aug 3, 2015
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