Scalding can cause third degree burns almost instantaneously. A third degree burn destroys the entire depth of the skin and can damage fat, muscle, organs, or bone beneath the skin. Significant scarring is common, and death may occur in the most severe cases.
During National Burn Awareness Week, practice these safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:
- 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.
- Before placing a child in the bath, test the water. It should feel warm, not hot, to the touch.
- Place hot liquids and food in the center of a table or toward the back of the counter.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.
- Allow microwaved food to cool before eating, and always open microwaved food slowly to prevent steam burns to the extremities and face.
- Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
- If a burn does occur, treat the burn right away by cooling it with cool water for 3-5 minutes and cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
- Get medical help if needed.