Prevent Tap Water Burns

About 500,000 scald burns occur annually in the U.S. Young children and the elderly are at increased risk because their skin is thinner. The elderly may also be less sensitive to temperature and slower to move away from scalding water. Hot water can cause third-degree burns in 15 seconds at 133 degrees F and in 5 seconds at 140 degrees F. The Burn Foundation recommends having hot-water taps set to 120–125 degrees F to reduce the risk of accidental burns. Always check the temperature of the bath before putting a child into the water and never leave them unattended.

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