Whether you want voluminous curls or beachy waves, a hair curler can help you achieve almost any style you can think of. It’s important to be aware of the safety risks when it comes to purchasing and using a hair curler- see below for our guide.
Hair Curler Safety
- Make sure you buy your hair curler from a reputable retailer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- It’s important to register a new hair curler with the manufacturer so that you can be contacted if a safety notice or recall is required. It also makes it easier for you to return a faulty product or order a repair. To register any of your appliances, regardless of age, visit Register My Appliance.
- Use our free online checker to see if you have any recalled electrical items.
- Check that your appliance has a UK plug; if it doesn’t, don’t try to use a UK travel adaptor. Get in touch with the retailer and ask for their advice.
- Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
- Any socket you plan to use to plug in a hair curler should have RCD (residual current device) Protection. An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider using an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.
- Once you’ve finished using the hair curler, unplug it and let it cool on a heat-resistant surface.
- Don’t use a hair curler while you’re in the bath, or near a sink full of water.
- Don’t reach for the hair curler if it falls into water - unplug it straight away and then remove it.
- Check the cord of your hair curler regularly for any signs of damage. If you spot any damage, replace it.
- Always unplug your hair curler from the mains when not in use.
- Do not rinse or submerge in water, and ensure that the plug and cord do not get wet.
- Keep the power plug and cord away from heated surfaces.
- Don’t leave a hair curler switched on and unattended when not in use.