The first device referred to as a curling iron was invented in 1866. Since then, there have been many, many different incarnations of the hot iron that curls hair into bouncy ringlets in no time flat. Many women greatly prefer curling irons to other types of hair curling devices because of speed. It is by far the fastest way to achieve attractive locks. But in addition to its convenience, it holds a number of hazards.
A curling iron can heat up in as little as 30 seconds. The device soon after can become hot enough to cause third degree burns if it is accidentally touched to the skin. In certain situations, burns are so severe that skin grafts are needed to reconstruct the burn area. Serious burns often occur on the forearms or chest after an iron is accidentally dropped or leaned against.
But by far the most dangerous part of the curling iron is the electricity that flows through it. Similar to other electric products that are often used in the bathroom such as hairdryers, a curling iron can cause instant death when dropped in water.
Children are at particular risk as they cannot conceive of the extreme dangers of such a device and many parents forget to unplug their curling irons after use.
If you or someone you love has been in a curling iron accident that was directly related to the negligence of another, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874.