Hot curling irons should never be left lying on the floor or other surfaces without the protection of a cooling station, a hot iron pad or a curling iron bag. Here is why.
Why you should never leave hot curling irons on the floor
The reasons why you should never leave hot curling irons on the floor are simple. Left on the floor, a hot curling iron may cause:
- Someone to trip and fall
- Serious burn injuries if someone steps onto it
- A fire, which in turn may again cause potentially serious injuries by burning
The risk of injury by fire also means curling irons should never be left lying on:
- Other furniture
- On your bed
- Near flammable soft furnishings like bed linen or curtains, for example.
If a hot iron is left on the floor and someone trips over it, there is also a risk of the lead being damaged by pulling or the iron spinning around and melting the insulating material. This could ultimately lead to injuries by electrocution.
Other causes of curling iron injuries
Leaving your curling iron lying around unprotected while hot is not the only way you can get injured. Other ways in which a curling iron can cause injuries is by:
- Lack of care during use. This is also a risk if, for example, you are at the hairdressers and your hairdresser is not paying attention to what he or she is doing.
- Faulty or defective wiring. If the lead of a curling iron is faulty or damaged in some way, it may cause an injury by electrocution.
A faulty new curling iron may also cause electrocution or if it generates excessive heat, as well as an injury by burning.
Right to claim
If you were injured by hot curling irons in the last three years, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim if your injury was caused by:
- A defective new iron
- Someone else leaving a hot iron lying around without protection
- Your hairdresser not paying attention to what they are doing
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe you may have a claim, call our freephone helpline for free, no-obligation hot curling iron injury advice. Strictly confidential, our helpline is open 24/7 and you can reach it from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 or from a UK landline on 0800 689 0500. Should you decide to go ahead with a claim, your case will be processed by an in-house solicitor on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice