Is Your Tap Water Too Hot? Scalding Burns Send Thousands to ER Each Year

March 8, 2023

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"Scald burns are actually something that's fairly common that we will see in the emergency department and it is often smaller children that are injured," said Dr. Torree McGowan, a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians and an ER doctor for St. Charles Health System in Redmond, Ore.

"When we do see scald burns from the tap, it is usually because our water heaters are turned up too high and we underestimate how much of a difference 10 degrees in the heat of our hot water heater can make," said McGowan, who was not involved in the research.

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