How can I store hair straighteners safely?

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Use a heat-proof pouch.

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

Hair straighteners, and other electrical beauty products, are seen by many as an essential. But they can be very dangerous and can cause severe burns if they touch the skin, with children particularly vulnerable as their skin can be 15 times thinner than adults.

Straighteners can reach temperatures of over 220°C and then can take up to forty minutes to cool down after use. Once you’ve finished using the straighteners, unplug it and let it cool on a heat-resistant surface out of reach of children or animals.

A lot of manufacturers provide a heat-proof pouch with straighteners, which you should use while they cool down and for storage. You can also buy these but make sure the pouch meets British safety standards.

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