Scald prevention

Scald preventionScald burns can be caused by any hot liquid, fluid, or vapor, including hot tap water, overheated beverages, steam, and hot oil.

Facts and figures

  • There were 70,800 scald non-fire burn injuries reported to hospital emergency rooms in 2012, up from 68,700 in 2011.
  • Scald burns accounted for almost one-third (31%) of all non-fire burn injuries reported to hospital emergency rooms in 2012.


Video: NFPA's Amy LeBeau talks about the importance of testing the temperature of bathwater before putting children into the tub.

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