Health: Bute parents warned over hair straightener risk

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PARENTS on Bute have been warned of the risk of using hair straighteners after a rise in reports of pre-school children on the island being injured after coming into contact with the equipment.

Julie Grinsell, health visitor and public health lead with NHS Highland on Bute, said: “There has been an increase in the number of pre-school children on Bute receiving burns from hair straighteners. We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and carers of the risks associated with using hair straighteners.

“Always think about when and where you are using your straighteners as pre-school children love to copy their parents and bigger brothers and sisters. Keep the straighteners well away from young children when using them and remember when you put them down to place them out of reach.

“Try and make this a habit as when you are concentrating on doing your hair you may be distracted. When you have finished with your straighteners put them somewhere high up to cool and remember not to leave the cord dangling where it could be pulled by a child.”