Have you ever had a burn before? It is one of the most unpleasant injuries you can experience. The skin blisters and becomes raw, while the pain seems to never end. Fire is not the only thing that can cause burns. Water can as well. Very specific and danger types of burns. This is called scalding and unfortunately it is a rather common household injury. Put a stop to scalds now by following these helpful tips.
Look Before You Leap
Alright, we are not actually leaping into anything, except maybe a bathtub, but the principle remains the same. Always test out the temperature of water before exposing yourself to it fully. If you are doing the dishes, let the water run for a few moments, then move the back of your hand close to the stream. You should be able to sense if the water is too warm, and you can adjust accordingly. It is even more important to check water temperature when you are taking a shower or a bath, as you are going to be putting your entire body at risk, not just your hands. You can use a similar technique, or you can sample the water temperature with a fingertip.
Adjust Hot Water Temperature
There is one sure way to make sure you are never scalded: adjust the temperature of your hot water heater. Scalds can occur when exposed to water temperature above 120 degrees. Most hot water heaters are automatically set at 140 degrees, so you and the people in your home could be at risk. You can adjust your hot water heater and keep it from warming water about 120 degrees.
Apply Cold Water or Ice
If you do experience a scald, you should apply cold water or ice immediately. This should reduce swelling and ease pain. If the scald is minor, simply apply ice every 30 minutes or so, and eventually it will heal. If the burn is major, you should seek out medical attention immediately. If pain persists for longer than 48 hours, you should make an appointment with a physician.