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Scald prevention

stovePrevent scalds in the kitchen

  • Keep hot foods and drinks away from the edge of tables and counters. Do not put them on a tablecloth that little hands can yank.
  • If you're holding something hot, don't hold your child too.
  • When you cook, keep your child away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. If possible, use rear burners. Watch for dangling appliance cords.

Prevent scalds in the bathroom

  • Test how "hot" your hot water is. Turn on the hot water at the tub faucet. Let it run for 3 to 5 minutes. Measure the temperature with a hot water gauge or mercury thermometer.
  • For safe bathing, set the water heater's thermostat to low, warm, or 120 degrees F. Wait a day. Test the water again. Repeat if necessary. Your clothes and dishes will get clean at this setting!
  • Install anti-scald devices in your shower and bathtub fixtures that stop water flow when the temperature exceeds 120 degrees F.
  • Always check water temperature before placing your child in the tub. A child's skin burns more easily than an adult's.
  • Supervise kids in the tub. Young children can turn the hot water on by themselves. Older children can scald a younger child.
  • If you rent, ask your landlord to lower the water temperature or put an anti-scald device in your shower and bathtub fixtures.

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