A study carried out by Accidental Britain has revealed that hair straighteners are the most common cause of injuries and accidents in the home. Whether you work with straighteners on a daily basis or you use them at home, here are some safety tips to prevent accidents at work or in the house, and ensure you are using hair straighteners safely.
Using hair straighteners safely
Research shows that more than half of women who use straighteners on a regular basis burn themselves at least once a month. The most common reason for injury is rushing to get the desired result, usually in time for a night out or special event.
If you’re going out or you work in fashion, styling or hairdressing and you use straighteners at work, here are simple steps to follow to reduce the risk of burns and work-related injuries:
- Take your time: If you’re in a hurry, the risk of accidents is always heightened, so take your time and plan ahead. If you struggle with time management at home or work, set an alarm to tell yourself when to start getting ready and give yourself sufficient time with each client.
- Use protective gloves: Many straighteners now come with protective gloves, which enable you to straighten your hair without burning your fingers. In most cases, the gloves are small and cover part of the fingers, which leaves you free to style your hair at the same time.
- Pay attention: We are a society of multi-taskers and it’s very easy to get distracted when you’re straightening your own or somebody else’s hair. If you’re chatting, trying to hurry down your dinner, texting or watching TV, your attention may be drawn away from the task in hand and this may result in an accident.
- Turn your straighteners off: Always make sure you switch your straighteners off on the device and at the wall once you have finished. Many products now come with an in-built timer, which automatically turns the heat off after a set period of time and it’s worth paying a little more to take advantage of this feature and give yourself peace of mind. Once you’ve finished with your straighteners, place them inside a heat-resistant pouch; never leave them lying around, especially if you have children or pets.
Can I claim compensation for injuries caused by hair straighteners?
If you’ve suffered an injury at work or you sustained burns due to a faulty product, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation.
If you have proof that you were not to blame and the accident happened within the last three years, contact Accident Advice Helpline, and speak with one of our professional, friendly advisers.
Should you decide to go ahead with your claim, our legal team work on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee basis, boasting expertise in work accident compensation, claims for work injuries, and product liability compensation.
For more information call us on Freephone number 0800 689 0500 today.