As we near the end of Burn Awareness Week, we want to cover a few more general Burn Safety Tips - we have covered scalds, and specifics issues for children and older adults... here are some good general tips: Every year in the US 450,000 people receive medical treatment for burn injuries. Did you know? Tap water scalds are often more severe than cooking related scalds. But while cooking related scalds may cover a smaller surface area of skin than tap water scalds, they are often deeper burns Scald burns can result in immense pain, prolonged treatment, lifelong scarring, and even death. During mealtime, always place hot items in the center of the table away from the edge to prevent spilling hot liquids and food. To avoid scald burns while bathing, fill the tub to you desired level and turn water off before getting in. Run cool water first, and then add hot.  Turn hot water off first.  This can also prevent scalding in the event someone should fall in while the tub is filling. Steam reaching temperatures greater than 200°F builds rapidly in covered containers. When removing lids from hot foods, lift the cover or lid away from your face and arms to avoid burns from steam contact. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. 85-90% of scald burns are from cooking, drinking, or serving hot liquids ScaldSpills from coffee and other hot beverages can cause burns serious enough to require skin graft surgery... It takes only one second to get a third degree burn from coffee! It takes only 2 seconds of exposure to 148°F/64°C water to cause a burn serious enough to require surgery! Coffee is often served at 175°F/79°C, making it high-risk for causing immediate severe scald burns. A safe temperature for a bath is 100°F. Although the most common maximum temperature of water delivered by residential water heaters is 120°F, 120°F is an upper safety limit—not a target to be aimed at. At 120°F, it takes only 5 minutes of exposure for adults to have a full thickness burn. Save your skin and wallet by setting your water thermostat at a lower temperature. It can happen in a flash with a splash. Hot liquid and steam burn like fire. Learn more at Also read: Burns? 5 Easy StepsTypes of Burns, & Burn First Aid – What to put on a burn & How to treat burns