Eastenders Raising Awareness

23rd March 2011

In Monday’s eposide of Eastenders, they highlighted a growing problem with young children burning themselves on items such as curling tongs and straighteners, with young George being burnt by a set of curling tongs.

The Child Prevention Trust (CAPT) have previously released figures relating to the number of accidents that caused under five year olds to be admitted to hospital in the UK. Worringly they found a high rise in the number of burning accident in this age group – they say that numbers had in fact risen by 50% in the last ten years! This is in line with the rise in use of hair straighteners and a large proportion of burning accidents were found to be from straighteners. It is not unusual for children to want to copy what you are doing and investigate things for themselves, this is why it is important to instill in them that like in the kitchen, or with an iron that there are dangers with your straighteners too.

Our advice is to think about where you straighten your hair ideally you want to be in a room on your own, if this isn’t practical for you then try and keep the straighteners away and out of reach from little hands. When you are finished using your straighteners always turn them off, our rundown timer will give you the piece of mind that your straighteners will always turn off after half hour should your little one keep you on your toes! The rundown timer is also great with your iron, curling tongs or electric blanket!

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