A prospective study of 36 consecutive scald injuries in children caused by hot beverages is reported. Almost a third of these were deep dermal or full skin thickness and the highest percentage resulted in injury to the upper chest region. The study further investigates the cooling characteristics in four different types of cup. These studies clearly show the potential for significant disfigurement from this type of injury for up to 11 min from the time the drink is poured. The need for greater public awareness in relation to hot drinks is highlighted.