A recent British study on burn injuries to more than 1,200 children has found one of the main causes of these injuries are hair straighteners and curling irons. There were nearly 300 contact burns suffered by children younger than 5, and 81 percent of those were caused by touching hot items in the home, the researchers found. Hair straighteners or irons accounted for 42 percent of these injuries, followed by stove-top heating elements at 27 percent. Product-design changes and increased awareness among parents and other caregivers are among the measures needed to reduce the number of burns suffered by children, the researchers said.
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