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Posted on: May 1, 2022

Liquid and Steam Burn Like Fire

Burn Awareness

Scald burns from hot liquids and steam comprise 34% of overall burn injuries admitted to U.S. burn centers. 

The Carbondale Fire Department would like pass on these tips from the International Association of Fire Fighters to stay safe:

  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees F/48 degrees C or just below the medium setting.
  • Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.
  • Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.
  • Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down.
  • Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot foods and drinks.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open heated containers away from you from back to front.
  • Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate for younger children and marking with tape a 3-foot "no-kid-zone" for older children.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters and avoid using tablecloths and placemats.
  • Use a "travel mug" with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks.
  • Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand.

For more information on scald prevention, please contact the Carbondale Fire Department (618) 457-3234 or visit the International Association of Fire Fighters.

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