Burn Prevention – Hot Water

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, Dan Dillard, Executive Director of the Burn Prevention Network discusses how to prevent scald burns in the home. It identifies who is at greatest risk, how most of these injuries occur and suggests simple steps to reduce the risks of receiving a serious scald injury.

    Dan Dillard: Hi! I am Dan Dillard of the Burn Prevention Network. Today I am talking about Home Fire Safety and Burn Prevention. And now I am going to discuss preventing scalp burns. Begin by reducing home hot water temperature to no more than a 120 Fahrenheit. Run water at full hot for 3 to 4 minutes, then fill a pot or a tub.

    Measure the temperature of the water with a cooking thermometer, if too hot; reduce the temperature setting on the hot water heater. Wait 2 hours and repeat the process again, continue this cycle until the full hot reading does not exceed a 120. Always turn on the cold waters picket first, and then the hot the water pickets.

    Reverse the order when turning them off, and what about preventing beverage spill burns? Use a lidded travel mug when enjoying a hot beverage. So remember, hot water burns like fire, apply the suggestions outlined in this video to protect yourself and especially the little ones in your care.