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.