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Here's why you should put a smart plug in your bathroom

Are you in constant fear of burning down your house? Use this quick fix.

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How many times have you turned around on your way to work because you can't remember if you turned off your curling iron or hair straightener? 

If you're worried that one of these days you'll burn the house down with your hair appliances, there's a simple fix. All you need to do is install a smart plug

Smart plugs ($25 at Amazon) are exactly what they sound like. You plug it into a wall socket and then anything you plug into the smart plug can be remotely controlled by an app on your phone. 

So, instead of sitting at work worried that you're going to get a call from the fire department, you can just go to the app and turn off everything that's plugged into the smart plug. It's a super-quick and easy solution that takes zero technical skills.

Many smart plugs can also be controlled by your smart home assistant, like Google Home ($99 at Crutchfield) and Amazon Alexa. So another benefit is you can easily heat up your hair tool while you're getting ready with just a command, as long as it is plugged into your smart plug.

Here's our buying guide to help you choose the right smart plug for your home.