Straightener Saftey — Rundown that Risk

5th November 2010

At the beginning of this week the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) attended the home saftey congress run by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The total annual cost of home accident casualties who are treated for their injuries at hospital – around 2.7million people each year – is estimated to be £45.63billion (£45,630million), based on an average cost of £16,900 per victim (RoSPA).

This is a high cost for accident that are happening in our homes that could be prevented, six toddlers are admitted to hospital every day because they’ve been badly burned. Babies and young children have such delicate skin that they can be burned far more easily than adults (CAPT). It is obvious that the kitchen holds the most dangers for children when looking at burns, but rooms where you do not expect a child to be able to burn themselves are now posing dangers, the bedroom! With more and more people owning heated hair styling products such as straighteners and curling tongs, the danger in the bedroom is increasing.

With products like straighteners it is important to use them away from children with wondering hands, these products reach high temperatures making them dangerous to adults and even more so to children that do not understand not to touch the hot surface. A rundown timer is great device that will turn an appliance off after half an hour of use, we suggest you use them on heated appliances so that should you leave the room and forget to turn them off you can be safe in the knowledge that they will go off within half an hour.

RoSPA’s campaign Straight Off, Straight In, Straight Away is a great campagin, with not enough recognition. Get behind Straight off, Straight In, Straight Away campaign and spread the word!

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