December 2, 2015
Health Tip: Protect Against Hot Water Burns
Adjust the temperature on your water heater
(HealthDay News) -- Hot water burns are a danger to adults and children alike, but you can take steps to protect the family at home.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:
- Before a child gets into the bath, always test the water. Don't allow a child to touch bathtub faucets.
- Adjust your hot water heater thermostat to a maximum of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Hotter temperatures can lead to burns.
- Use the oven's back burners, and turn pot handles toward the sides of the stove, to prevent little hands from grabbing them.
- Avoid hot steam vaporizers, opting for cool mist instead. If you do use a hot steam vaporizer, make sure it is well out of a child's reach.