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Scald Prevention

Thousands of scald burns occur annually, yet most are preventable! The two high-risk populations are children younger than 5 years and adults 65 and older. Continuous supervision of young children is the single most important factor in preventing scald burns. Increased awareness is the key to scald prevention!

Safety Tips:

In The Kitchen:

  • Cook on rear burners and turn pot handles to the back of the stove.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing around open flames and roll-up your sleeves.
  • Never leave food unattended while cooking.
  • Open the microwave slowly and allow food to cool before eating; open food carefully to avoid scalds.
  • Make sure that children and obstacles are out of your path before carrying hot liquids.
  • When young children are present, avoid using tablecloths; keep hot foods in the center of the table.
  • When preparing a meal, keep children out of the kitchen area.
  • Never hold a child while handling a hot liquid.
In The Bathroom:
  • Turn down your water heater setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never leave a young child unattended in the bathroom or bathtub!
  • Install special safety valves or remove the hot water handles in your tub/shower.
  • Always test bath water with your hand or thermometer before bathing children; younger children have thinner skin than adults, making them more susceptible to burns.