Scald Prevention

Home Scald Prevention
What are scalds?

A scald is a burn caused by hot liquid, food or steam. Over 60% of all burns to young children are scalds.

The main causes are:

  • Hot beverages or food
  • Hot bath water
  • Cooking accident
How to prevent a scald

Follow these simple household modifications to prevent an injury:

  • Use back burners when cooking and turn pot handles toward the back
  • Always use a travel coffee mug with a lid when a child is present
  • Create a 3 ft. kids free zone around the stove
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees or lower
  • Know your child’s reach capability. Keep all food and beverages at the center of the table
Free Caregiver Presentation

The Burn Institute offers a comprehensive educational presentation on scald prevention. This 30 minute presentation is intended for caregivers of children ages 0-5.