Child protection experts have expressed fears of the number of children reporting with burns courtesy of hair tongs, which are used for straightening hair.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) said in its report that 125 more children were treated for burns in 2006/7 than in the previous decade. In 2007 a study had found that the average temperature of straighteners is 163C and it takes almost 30 minutes to cool down.
Advertisement"We are seeing more and more children with burns due to hair straightener injuries, particularly on hands and feet," said Moya Sutton, Executive Nurse at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. "On average, at least 40 children a year are treated at Alder Hey for these type of burns and several have had to have skin grafts to repair these injuries."
The chief executive of the CAPT, Katrina Phillips said that parents needed to be one step ahead to prevent injuries to kids, "The trick is to make them a habit - like putting your straighteners in the same place out of young children's reach," she added. "That way you'll feel less like you constantly need eyes in the back of your head."