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Effective Strategies For Avoiding Scalding Injuries

January 22, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Effective Strategies For Avoiding Scalding Injuries

Scalding occurs each and every day and is responsible for many serious injuries as well as disfiguration and long-term disability. As such, it is well worth considering a few effective and simple strategies for avoiding a wide variety of scalding related injuries. For example, it is important to know that any type of hot liquid or steam can easily cause a serious burn. Conditions that can cause a scolding hazard are present in bathrooms, kitchens and other areas of the home.

Lower The Temperature On A Home Water Heater System

In fact, kitchen and bathroom related scolding accidents are the most common and are also the easiest to prevent. One very effective way of reducing the potential for scalding is to lower the temperature of a home water heater system. It is generally accepted that any temperature below 120° will be effective at eliminating the potential hazards associated with scalding. However, homeowners should take note that if the temperature of a water heater is set too low other hazards could arise.

Avoid Scalding Related Accidents

For example, a water heater that has a temperature setting that is too low can eventually grow potentially hazardous mold and other undesirable organisms such as algae. One of the best ways to stay safe with regard to a home water heater system is to keep the temperature set at a constant 120°F. Another easy way to avoid scalding related accidents around the home is to never allow children near a stove where hot liquids are present. Young children have a propensity to pull pots and pans off of a stove onto their body.

Slows Down The Burning Process

Finally, any time a scalding accident has occurred it is best to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Many burn experts and medical professionals recommend removing wet clothing and running cold water over the burn area. This is an effective strategy because it slows down the burning process. Equally important, according to professionals, is to avoid using any type of ice or home remedy to alleviate a burn. This can actually cause a burn to become worse. Seeking emergency medical care or the assistance of a burn center as quickly as possible can reduce the negative effects of any serious burn or scalding. Contact Hastings and Hastings today for Scottsdale personal injury legal representation.