Hair Straightener Fires  – ALERT FROM LONDON FIRE BRIGADE

Hair Straightener Fires – ALERT FROM LONDON FIRE BRIGADE

 They are part of many women’s everyday beauty routine but London Fire Brigade is asking people to take care after being called to two fires in a week caused by hair straighteners.

Both fires could have had potentially  fatal consequences after the users were thought to have been distracted while using the straighteners.

In one fire a woman fell unconscious and stopped breathing before being resuscitated by firefighters after she left her straighteners switched on, on a wooden laminated floor.

In the other two young boys were rescued from a bedroom by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus after their mother left the straighteners on a pile of clothes to answer a phone call and then got further distracted when she answered the door for a takeaway pizza.

The incidents were of such concern to the Brigade that it prompted them to post a warning and picture of the destroyed straighteners on facebook which was seen by four million people.

A London fire Brigade spokesman said:

“After using hair straighteners you should put them down on a heat proof surface and unplug them straight away because it’s really easy to get distracted.

“The incident also highlights the importance of a working smoke alarm which sounded in one of the incidents  and helped save a woman’s life.”

 

For more information on preventing fires in the home, go to the Brigade’s website: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/FireSafety.asp

Details of the two straighteners fires can be found on the Brigade’s website:

In the first of the two recent incidents two young boys were rescued from a fire, which is thought to have started when a woman left her straighteners on a pile of clothes when she went to the door  to collect a takeaway pizza .

The second fire saw a woman rescued by fire crews wearing breathing apparatus from a house in Southgate after she left her hair straighteners switched on while they lay on a laminated floor.   A picture of the straighteners in this incident was posted on facebook as a warning to other users. www.facebook.com/LondonFireBrigade .

Stay safe while looking pretty ladies, flick that switch. Safety is KEY!

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