More than 400,000 people receive treatment for burn injuries each year, tragic accidents that young children are more vulnerable to than adults.
A scald injury can happen at any age. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee, and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Scald burns are the
second leading cause of all burn injuries.
Here are some safety tips to review, as we all do our best to prevent burn injuries.
• Teach children that hot things can burn. Install anti-scald
devices on tub faucets and showerheads.
• Always supervise a child in or near a bathtub.
• Test the water at the faucet. It should be less than 100°
Fahrenheit (38° Celsius).
• Before placing a child in the bath or getting in the bath
yourself, test the water.
• Test the water by moving your hand, wrist, and forearm through the water. The water should feel warm, not hot, to the touch.
• Place hot liquids and food in the center of a table or
toward the back of a counter.
• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove
and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
• Open microwaved food slowly, away from the face.
• Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot
liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
• Never heat a baby bottle in a microwave oven. Heat baby
bottles in warm water from the faucet.
• Allow microwaved food to cool before eating.
• Choose prepackaged soups whose containers have a
wide base or, to avoid the possibility of a spill, pour the
soup into a traditional bowl after heating.
If you get a burn, make sure you do the following:
- Treat a burn right away.
- Cool the burn with cool water for
- Cover with a clean, dry cloth.
- Get medical help if needed.