Burn Safety

  • Check if your hot water heating system has anti-scald, temperature control devices installed.
  • If in an apartment complex, nursing home, or assisted living facility, ask the landlord about temperature control devices and inspect them.
  • Use a master mixing valve (ASSE 1017 approved), point-of-use temperature control device (ASSE 1016 approved) on shower valves, and maximum temperature limits stops on faucets and shower valves.These anti-scald devices can prevent water hotter than 120°F from ever reaching you.
  • Set your hot water heater at 120°F.
  • Make sure the plumbing work has been or is done through the local code official with all the necessary permits and inspections, by a licensed plumber.
  • Make sure maintenance is done on hot water heating systems.
  • Never leave a child alone while drawing water in a bathtub or bathing.
  • Test the water temperature before bathing or showering. Be aware that without proper anti-scald devices, the water temperature can spike to scalding temperature.
  • Place microwaves at a safe height, within easy reach, so all users may avoid spills.The face of the person using the microwave should always be higher than the front of the door. Microwaves installed above counters or stoves can be a scald hazard for anyone.
  • Steam, reaching temperatures greater than 200 degrees, builds up rapidly in covered containers heated in the microwave and can easily result in burns to the face, arms and hands. Puncture plastic wrap or use vented containers to allow steam to escape while cooking. Wait at least one minute before removing the cover. When removing covers, lift the corner farthest away from you and away from your face or arm.
  • Microwaved foods and liquids may reach temperatures greater than boiling without the appearance of bubbling. Stir and test food thoroughly before serving or eating.
  • Keep all pot handles turned back, away from the stove edge.
  • When removing lids from hot foods, remember that steam may have accumulated. Lift the cover or lid away from your face and arm.
  • Do not hold a child while drinking hot beverages.
  • Place hot beverages on surfaces out of a child's reach.