Prevent Hot Water Burns


More than 35,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for tap water scald burns, according to Safe Kids USA. To help prevent severe burns, set home water heaters no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also keep the following facts in mind to prevent possible scalding injuries:

• Young children’s skin is thinner than that of older children and adults, causing skin burns at lower temperatures and deeper tissue levels more quickly.

• Kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms are the most common places where children are injured by scalding.

• 60 percent of all scald injuries are to children ages 0-4 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

• Scald burns account for about 100 deaths a year, most in children younger than 5 or adults older than 65, according to the National Coalition to Prevent Childhood Injury.

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