Protect Your Home From Curling Iron Fires

When you think of a curling iron you probably don’t think of it as a tool of destruction, but the havoc it is capable of wrecking on your home if you’re not very, very careful is nothing short of awe inspiring. Think about it-do you really want to have to admit to your homeowners insurance provider that your curling iron caused $150,000 worth of damages? Probably not. No one really does. That’s why it’s so important that you know how to protect your home from curling iron fires.

The first and most important thing you can do to protect your home from curling iron fires is make sure your curling iron (or hot rollers, hot brush and any other heated beauty tool you’re using to give your hair that stunning body) is in good repair, isn’t on anyone’s product recall list and is up to code with current electrical standards. The last thing you want to do is plug in your curling iron and blow out your wiring, but it’s happened with some older models. (Sad but true.) Remember to check your cords regularly for exposed wires and/or fraying.

The second rule you need to know to protect your home from curling iron fires is to never, ever leave your curling iron plugged in when you’re not using it. A little bit of electricity can go a long way, especially if your curling iron is old and not in the greatest shape. All it takes is a moment of inattention and your favorite blouse can be gone in a puff of smoke-and the rest of your bathroom along with it.

Speaking of inattention and curling irons, be very careful when using chemicals like NAIR, fingernail polish remover (acetone) and hairspray around your curling iron. These are all highly flammable substances and can have a nasty reaction if they’re mixed together. The last thing you want is a huge fire on your still wet and freshly painted hands because you left a puddle of nail polish remover on your sink.

The third rule every person that uses a curling iron regularly, whether you be man, woman or teenager, needs to know to protect their home from curling iron fires is to always, always give your curling iron at least an hour to cool down propped on a special, curling iron friendly surface (either with the stand built into the iron or through a specialized stand designed for “difficult” curlers) for at least an hour before putting it back in your cupboard or under the sink. Have you ever seen what happens to a towel that’s set on a hot curling iron? It starts with smoke and blows up into flame from there, and because of its location your entire closet (and half of the house, if you’ve left for work already) could go up in flame before anyone notices.

It’s not hard to protect your home from curling iron fires, yet hundreds of them happen every year because people feel safe with their beauty implements and they get careless. Don’t be a statistic. Make sure you pay attention when you curl.