NFPA reminds everyone to be careful when using things that get hot

Blog Post created by judycomoletti Employee on Oct 28, 2013

Curling Iron BurnBurns hurt. I have not used a curling iron in years. Last week I had my hair done for a wedding and my stylist used a curling iron. My hair looked great and it lasted the next day. On Monday morning, I dried my hair and decided to use a curling iron. A big mistake! Somehow, I dropped the iron and it landed on the side of my face. Ouch! I cooled the burn with cool water. It has taken a week for the pain to subside. I still have a scar from the burn, but it is much better. While I did not go to the emergency room, NFPA's "Burns Seen in Hospital Emergency Rooms in 2008" report  highlights 55% of burn injuries seen in the emergency are thermal burns. Only 13% of those burns were due to fire or flames. Forty-two percent were other non-fire thermal burns - typically from contact with hot objects.  

I want to remind readers to be careful when using anything that gets hot. It only takes a second to get a painful burn. Always remember to cool a burn right away with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Get medical help is needed.