Are Styling Tools A Fire Hazard?

For gorgeous, shiny hair, many women are turning to home hair care, salon-quality products and styling tools just like the professionals use. I love my Sedu ceramic straightener. It’s easy to use, makes my fine, frizz-prone hair smooth and lustrous, and it heats up fast. For days when I want a little bounce in my hair as well as my step, I like the Remington Tstudio Salon Collection Ceramic curling iron, a versatile, well-priced iron which is reviewed here:
styling tools fire hazardsAll that heat in front of your bathroom mirror, add in some styling products, possibly with alcohol in them, and you have my typical morning routine. You may also have a potential fire hazard on your hands!

Did you know the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors recommends that you not only switch off all your hair appliances when you’re done, but that you also unplug them?

A faulty wire or switch (totally unnoticeable in your day-to-day use of your styling tool) may cause a short or even a fire in your home! Small appliances and hairstyling tools will still draw a very small amount of electric current, so when your hairstyle is perfected, turn off your tools, allow them to cool down for a minute, then unplug them and wrap the cord carefully around the handle (not the heated plates). Since most newer styling tools, especially those with tourmaline or ceramic plates, get as hot as 450 degrees, make certain that they’re cool to the touch before you put them away.
Be careful with styling products, too. I love the environment and do my best to keep green, but I also love a good aerosol hairspray for volume and hold on a humid spring day. These products can be combustible, especially if exposed to a super-heated styling tool! Watch out, use them with care and store your styling tools away from your styling products.
Another danger to avoid is using your styling tool near water.

Everyone knows to not use the hair dryer in the bathtub, but the same super hot ceramic tool you use to get your shiniest hair might also be a hazard near even a small puddle of water on a bathroom countertop. Wipe down your vanity quickly before going to work in your locks with a heated tool. Even a small bit of water may pose a hazard for an electric shock or even a short! Talk about a bad hair day!

Always use the rubber grip to hold the tool, don’t touch it any surface other than your hair, and always use the safety “kickstand” when setting it down. (Remember, only set it down for a minute and try to avoid walking away from it!)
Keep your fire exits clear, your smoke alarms up-to-date and be careful whe handling your hairstyling tools! As great as a visit from sexy firemen may sound, by staying safe, you’ll be beautiful, smart and relaxed. Pretty neat!
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