A scald burn is caused by a hot liquid or a hot, moist vapor (steam), resulting in the damage of one or more layers of the skin. Most scald burn injuries happen in the home, in connection with the preparation or serving of hot food or beverages or from exposure to hot tap water in bathtubs and showers. In 2013, the American Burn Association (ABA) estimated that more than 68,500 scald burn injuries were seen in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S.
This informational trifold will help educate residents on easy and simple steps to help reduce the risk of scald injuries in the home. Prevention messages include bathing and kitchen safety, the identification of high-risk populations, degrees of burn injuries, and basic first aid for minor scalds. View this document in PDF form.
The Scald Prevention in the Home: Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire! trifold is available at no-cost throughout Illinois and is made possible by the supporters of Camp I Am Me.