Health News: Prevent Hot Water Scaldings


Burn Awareness Week is February 3-9, 2013, making this a good time to take precautions to prevent unintentional scalding injuries to children by hot water or steam. More than 35,000 children, most age 4 and younger, are treated in emergency rooms each year for tap water scald burns, according to Safe Kids USA.

Keep these facts in mind to prevent possible injuries by scalding:

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

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

Scald burns account for about 100 deaths a year, most in children under the age of 5 or in adults over the age of 65, according to the National Coalition to Prevent Childhood Injury.

The most common places where children are injured by scalding are kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms.

The maximum recommended water temperature for home water heaters is 120 degrees F.


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