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Health Tip: Protect Against Hot Water Burns

Adjust the temperature on your water heater

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(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.


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