Preventing Scald Burns

Thousands of scald burns occur annually, and ALL are preventable! The two high-risk populations are children under the age of 5 and adults over 65. Continuous supervision of young children is the single most important factor in preventing scald burns. Increased awareness is the key to scald prevention!

Safety Tips

In the Kitchen
  • Cook on rear burners and turn pot handles to the back of the stove.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing around open flames and roll up your sleeves.
  • Never leave food you are cooking unattended.
  • Open the microwave slowly and allow food to cool before eating or removing.
  • Make sure that children and obstacles are out of your path before carrying hot liquids.
  • When young children are present, avoid using tablecloths and keep hot foods in the center of the table.
  • When preparing a meal, keep children out of the kitchen area.
  • Never hold a child while handling a hot liquid.
  • Wipe up spills and clean your oven regularly. Built up grease can catch fire.
  • Keep all cooking areas free from clutter.
In the Bathroom
  • Turn down your water heater setting to 120ºF.
  • Never leave a young child unattended in the bathroom.
  • Install special safety valves or remove the hot water handles in the tub/shower.
  • Always test bath water with your hand or thermometer before bathing children; younger children have thinner skin than adults, which makes them more susceptible to burns.
  • Never leave young children unattended in the bathtub.