The definition of a scald is "a burn injury caused by hot liquid, steam or food." The following is some information provided by the Burn Institute to prevent Scald Injuries from occurring.
The #1 Place Scald Injuries Occur is in the kitchen
- Use back burners and turn pot handles backwards
- Never carry a child while cooking
- Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks
- Got a kid, get a lid on your hot coffee and tea
The #2 Place Scald Injuries Occur is in the bathroom
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees or less
- Check the water temperature before putting a child in tub or shower. 100 degrees or lower is safe for children.
- Supervise children in the tub
Top 3 Steps to prevent scalds
- Child Supervision- Always watch your children because scald accidents can happen in a flash with a splash
- Household Modifications-Make small changes to high-risk areas of the home like the kitchen and bathroom
- Everyday Precautions- Take simple safety measures, such as making the kitchen a "Hot Zone" when cooking.
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