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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire!

Burn Awareness Week

National Burn Awareness Week is February 4-10, 2024, and the Carbondale Fire Department would like to share scald prevention safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

A scald injury can happen at any age. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee, and microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries.

Scald Safety

  • Teach children that hot things can burn. Install anti-scald devices on tub faucets and shower heads.
  • Always supervise a child in or near a bathtub.
  • Test the water at the faucet. It should be less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Test the water before placing a child in the bath or getting in the tub yourself.
  • Test the water by moving your hand, wrist, and forearm through the water. The water should feel warm, not hot, to the touch.
  • Place hot liquids and food in the center of a table or toward the back of a counter.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Open microwaved food slowly, away from the face.
  • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Never heat a baby bottle in a microwave oven. Heat baby bottles in warm water from the faucet.
  • Allow microwaved food to cool before eating.
  • Choose prepackaged soups whose containers have a broad base, or pour the soup into a traditional bowl after heating to avoid the possibility of a spill.

Burn Rx - Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3-5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help if needed.

FACT! Prepackaged microwavable soups frequently cause scald burn injuries (especially noodle soup) because they can easily tip over, pouring hot liquid (and noodles) on the person.

For more information on scald safety, please call the Carbondale Fire Department at 618-457-3234.

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