Leaving hair straighteners on overnight is one of the most common causes of a number of accidents in the home. In terms of fire safety at home, turning off electrical appliances overnight is probably the number one rule.
What are the main dangers of leaving hair straighteners on overnight?
- Fire accidents
As mentioned briefly above, leaving your hair straighteners on overnight can pose a serious fire risk. Fires in the home are the stuff of nightmares. The damage they can do to your property can be extremely expensive. The damage they can do to your family can be catastrophic.
Leaving hair straighteners on overnight can lead to a fire in two main ways:
- The plug trips and sparks an electrical fire
- The straighteners become hot enough to start burning the carpet which then catches fire
We’ve all seen videos showing just how terrifyingly quickly fires in the home can spread. By the time you are woken up, it could well already be too late.
- Burn injuries
Using hair straighteners already poses a risk of burn injuries. Leaving them on overnight leaves you even more vulnerable. It’s fair to say that not many of us are at our best or most alert first thing in the morning.
Imagine stumbling across your bedroom floor and standing on a set of straighteners that have been left on overnight. As ways of waking yourself up go, this is one of the most painful. The soles of your feet are very sensitive. Anyone who has suffered sunburn on holiday will tell you that.
Burning your feet after leaving hair straighteners on overnight will be extremely painful. You may even need to seek professional medical attention. It’s a terrible way to start the day and one that is totally avoidable.
The solution is simple – turn your straighteners off. Anything that can cause a fire in the home is a risk simply not worth taking. To be on the safe side, don’t even leave them plugged in. turn them off, unplug them and put them somewhere where they won’t cause a slip, trip or fall.
Making a claim for faulty products
If your straighteners malfunction and cause a fire in the house, you may be due personal injury compensation.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today. With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, we can take you through the whole process. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice