Tap-water scald burns. Awareness is not the problem

J Burn Care Rehabil. 1991 Jan-Feb;12(1):91-5. doi: 10.1097/00004630-199101000-00022.


Review of admissions to a regional burn center showed that tap-water burns were an injury of pediatric, elderly, and neurologically impaired patients. A study was designed to measure general knowledge of tap-water injury and awareness of tap-water temperatures in homes. All those surveyed realized the potential for tap-water scald burns in their homes, and few believed that they could tolerate hot-only tap water at home for as long as 30 seconds. Respondents who had previous experience with tap-water burns had not lowered the settings of their water-heater thermostats. Economical but effective programs must be developed to encourage burn-reduction behaviors in high-risk groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Burns / etiology*
  • Burns / mortality
  • Educational Status
  • Hot Temperature / adverse effects*
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Marriage
  • Middle Aged
  • Random Allocation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Water Supply*