Drunk-walking, hair-straightening injuries on rise during holidays

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As women go to great lengths to straighten unruly hair in time for holiday parties, new research finds that Christmas is the peak time for accidents with straightening irons.

The greatest risk is to children handling the heated devices, with experts recommending users slip the straighteners into heat-resistant pouches after use to reduce the risks of burns. A study was published in the journal Burns last month.

In the U.K., the number of consumers owning straighteners rose from 4.6 million in 2007 to 5.3 million in 2010, The Independent reports. And it's not just women: one in five men own a hair straightener.

One major hazard is that the straightening plates can reach as hot as 220 degrees Celsius, even hotter than an iron, at 180C. Plus since it takes up to 15 minutes for the plates to cool off after use, this adds to the risk.

Other holiday hazards? Taking a spill while drunk, tumbling over platform heels, or "drunk walking" - that is, wandering out into the street, drunk. A prior study published in the journal Injury Prevention revealed that New Year's is more deadly for pedestrians than any other day of the year.

Also, be careful when stringing lights: NBC News reports that holiday decorating accidents are on the rise, with as many as 250 people a day hurt in the U.S. by decorating accidents between November 1 and the end of December last year.


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