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Posted on: August 19, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Scald Prevention Safety Tips


--Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burns.

--Prepackaged microwavable soups are a frequent cause of scald burn injuries (especially noodle soup) because they can easily tip over, pouring hot liquid (and noodles) on the person.


--Teach children that hot things can burn. Install anti-scald devices on the tub faucets and shower heads.

--Always supervise a child in or near a bathtub.

--Test the water at the faucet. It should be less that 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celcius).

--Before placing a child in the bath or getting in the bath yourself, test the water.

--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 oc 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 you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.

--Never heat baby bottles 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 wide base or, to avoid the possibility of a spill, pour the soup into a traditional bowl after heating.


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

All information was referenced from the NFPA to view this site got to or click above on department, then fire department, then useful links, and the National Fire Protection Agency.

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