Hair tongs burns alert

MEDICS in Glasgow and safety experts have called for tougher regulations on the sale of heated hair straighteners.

Loading Comments

It comes after an investigation found a third of UK retailers and manufacturers are selling straighteners without safety devices, such as heat-proof pouches.

Burns specialists at Yorkhill Children's Hospital said they were "concerned" about the number of injuries they were seeing caused by the devices.

Figures show around around 27 children a year -more than two each month - are taken the hospital's emergency department with burns caused by straighteners.

The report also found three quarters of parents did not use pouches to store their straighteners and a quarter admitted leaving them to cool down on the floor.

Straighteners can reach temperatures of 235C and stay hot up to 15 minutes after being switched off.

Nearly a third of adults in Glasgow said they had received a burn from a heated hair appliance.

Sharon Ramsay, Burns Nurse Specialist at Yorkhill said: "Contact burns can cause permanent scarring and be very painful. We urge everyone to be careful when using these devices."

Emma Apter, from the Electrical Safety Council, said: "It's really worrying that retailers and manufacturers are selling products that can reach 235C without explaining the dangers."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

Chilling in Glasgow's first Ice Bar and getting Mhor than I bargained for




Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

My thoughts after Police Scotland are ordered to apologise over IRA interrogation techniques slur.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.