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Other Causes of Scald Burns & Prevention Pointers
The Grossman Burn Center
Potpourri pots, especially those filled with oil, reach very high temperatures.
  • Locate potpourri pots where they cannot be tipped and out of the reach of children.

Hot Steam Vaporizers-older models work at very high temperatures.

  • Replace hot steam vaporizers with a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer.

  • If you must use a steam vaporizer:

    • Place on a level surface to prevent tipping.
    • Keep out of the reach of children.
    • Allow the water to cool before emptying the vaporizer.

Home Radiators

  • Do not remove or release pressure valves.

  • Repairs should be performed by a professional.

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Radiator scalds are common injuries, primarily to adult males. When the car is running and the radiator working properly, the temperature of the fluid is normally between 195 and 220 degrees - hot enough to cause serious burns in less than one second. Radiator caps are clearly marked "DO NOT REMOVE CAP WHEN ENGINE IS HOT" or similar warning for a reason. When the radiator overheats, the temperature increases drastically and pressure builds. When the cap is removed, the liquid boils or even explodes out, causing serious injuries. Faces, hands, arms and chests are the most common areas burned. In addition to scalds, radiator fluid contains antifreeze that may cause chemical burns. Prevention is simple - do not remove the cap until the engine has cooled.


From the American Burn Association Scald Prevention Campaign 2000

See also:
1. Burn prevention tips for babysitters
2. Food and beverage related scalds
3. Tap water scalds
4. Other causes of scald - prevention and pointers

Special gratitude given to:
The Grossman Burn Center

for providing this information!
The Grossman Burn Center
4929 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
818-907-4580



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